Monday, March 4th, 2013
In a story of heartbreak, a glimmer of hope, and then the ultimate grief, Nathan and Raizy Glauber were killed when a vehicle crashed into the side of the car the couple had hired to take them to the hospital to for a pregnancy check-up. The Glaubers, Orthodox Jews from the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, both died immediately following the accident. Their son was delivered by Cesarean section, spent the night in serious condition at Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan, but died early Monday morning, as The Associated Press reports:
Isaac Abraham, who serves as a spokesman for the family’s Orthodox Jewish community, said the child died around 5:30 a.m.
Police were searching for the driver of a BMW and a passenger who fled on foot after slamming into a livery cab, killing the young pregnant woman and her husband.
‘‘This guy’s a coward and he should pay his price,’’ said Abraham, adding that the community wants a homicide prosecution.
Nachman and Raizy Glauber, both 21, were looking forward to welcoming their first child into their tight-knit community of Orthodox Jews.
The horrific crash happened in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn as the couple headed to a hospital.
The engine of the livery car ended up in the backseat, where Raizy Glauber, who was seven months pregnant, was sitting before she was ejected, Abraham said. Her body landed under a parked tractor-trailer, said witnesses who raced to the scene after the crash. Nachman Glauber was pinned in the car, and emergency workers had to cut off the roof to get him out, witnesses said.
The Glaubers both were pronounced dead at hospitals, and the medical examiner said they died of blunt-force trauma. Doctors had delivered the baby by cesarean section.
Neighbors and friends said the boy weighed only about 4 pounds. The Glaubers’ livery cab driver was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and was later released. Both the driver of the BMW and a passenger fled and were being sought, police said.
Friday, November 16th, 2012
The next chapter of the gruesome story that broke last month unfolded in court this week, as a grand jury indicted a Manhattan nanny for allegedly stabbing to death two children who were in her care. More from CNN.com:
Yoselyn Ortega, 50, was arrested earlier this month and charged with the murders of Lucia Krim, 6, and her brother Leo, 2.
Court documents released Tuesday show the grand jury indicted Ortega on first- and second-degree murder charges in both deaths.
Police say on October 25, the children’s mother, Marina Krim, returned to the family’s Upper West Side apartment, found Lucia and Leo dead in the bathroom and saw the nanny stab herself with a kitchen knife.
Ortega has been recovering since then at Weill Cornell Medical Center under police watch, and was still there as of Tuesday, according to hospital spokeswoman Linda Kamateh.
Krim left two of her children with the nanny to take her 3-year-old child, Nessie, to a swim lesson at a nearby YMCA, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said last month. She had expected to meet the nanny around 5:30 p.m. at a dance class, but when Ortega failed to appear she went back to the apartment.
The late children’s father is Kevin Krim, a senior vice president for CNBC Digital and former Yahoo executive.
A native of the Dominican Republic, Ortega had been a naturalized U.S. citizen for 10 years.
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Friday, October 26th, 2012
The Upper West Side of Manhattan, a neighborhood that is replete with families, playgrounds, nannies, and babysitters, has been rocked by the news that 50-year-old Yoselyn Ortega has been arrested for fatally stabbing a 2-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl in the bathtub of the children’s apartment. Ortega was suffering from an apparently self-inflicted knife wound to the throat. The children’s mother, Marina Krim, returned home from a swimming lesson with her 3-year-old daughter to discover the horrific scene.
The New York Times has more:
“There were bloodcurdling screams from a woman,” said Rima Starr, who lives down the hall from the victims’ second-floor apartment. Ms. Starr also recognized a man’s screaming voice as that of the building superintendent.The screams prompted neighbors to call 911. Ms. Ortega was arrested as soon as the police arrived. She was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was in critical but stable condition.
According to the police, Ms. Krim and her husband, Kevin, had three children — Nessie, the 3-year-old who lived, and Lucia and Leo. Ms. Krim wrote a blog where she documented “life with the little Krim kids” and showed them in photos around New York City, eating Gray’s Papaya hot dogs, pretending to use a pay phone, napping on the sofa and picking pumpkins.
On the Upper West Side, with its dual-income families in which nannies are often an integral part of children’s lives, pushing strollers or walking their charges by the dozens home from school in the afternoon, the news of the double killing was met with stark disbelief.
“It’s family-oriented, this neighborhood,” said Pauline Sklar, a real estate investor who lives a block from the building where the children were stabbed. “Parents are working. They have to depend on people. My niece hires people. She researches them.”
Ms. Sklar paused, then added, “Or tries to.”
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