Nanny Was 'Unraveling' in Recent Months

Friends, family says she was on a downward spiral before killings

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 27, 2012 11:09 AM CDT

(Newser) – The 50-year-old nanny accused of fatally stabbing two young siblings in her care had been on a downward spiral in recent months, losing weight, worried about money, and growing increasingly withdrawn, according to accounts by friends and family to the media. But Yoselyn Ortega, who remains in an induced coma after trying to kill herself, seemed to have no problems with the family she worked for. "They treated her like family," the victims' grandmother tells the Daily News:

  • New York Post: “She looked very unhealthy," says one of her neighbors. "It looked like she was going through some problems. She had aged a lot—like seven years in a few months.”
  • New York Times: "She was unraveling," is the story's first sentence. Ortega, a Dominican who has been a US citizen for a decade, shared an apartment with her son, sister, and niece, and her sister told a friend that Ortega felt lately like "she was losing her mind." The family took her to a psychologist.
  • Daily News: Ortega sold cosmetics on the side to try to make extra money. “She had said that someone owed her 100 or 200 dollars for makeup she sold,” says one neighbor. “She said, ‘Someone owes me money. Pray for me.’”

A woman looks at a memorial outside the apartment building where the two children were killed.
A woman looks at a memorial outside the apartment building where the two children were killed.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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