A mother returning to her Upper West Side apartment Thursday evening found two of her children stabbed to death in a bathtub, and her nanny with a self-inflicted wound and a kitchen knife in her hand in the bathroom, police said.
The mother, 38, who was not identified by police, came home to the horrific scene at 57 W. 75th St. carrying another child around 5:30 p.m., police said. Neighbors heard her screams and called 911.
The children, a boy and a girl, are ages 2 and 6, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. They were pronounced dead at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital.
The nanny, aged 50 according to Kelly, was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center and was in critical condition, police said.
At press time, the father of the children was en route and no one had been charged.
The nanny, who was not identified by officials, lived with them, police said.
Police had no immediate information about a motive.
"It's about the worst thing you can hear," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne.
The nanny had stabbed herself in the neck.
Neighbor Sandy Marcus, 56, who has lived at the building for 33 years, said, "I saw a woman clutching a little child and screaming bloodcurdling screams."
The children's mother came out of her apartment screaming, the building superintendent's wife Lucianne Minihan told DNAInfo.com.
"The whole building heard it," Minihan said. "She was screaming at the top of her lungs. She was screaming, 'Help me! Help me!'"
Minihan told DNAInfo.com that the mother is a "nice lady," but she doesn't know the family that well.
The children's father is a television executive.