A man was reportedly accused of suffocating his 7-year-old daughter. It has been known that the young girl’s mother is an NBC vice president who separated from him but shared custody with him.
Police officers responded to a Westchester County home on Tuesday and said they found the man identified as Neil White, bleeding with wounds on his forearms and the girl, Gabrielle White, unresponsive in her bed.
The daughter who was discovered earlier by a babysitter who reportedly told authorities that she had exchanged text messages with the father before the body was found.
The babysitter, Tonelle Mahon, said she went to the home and didn’t see anyone and that the shades were drawn upstairs.
“I went upstairs, and I kept calling, ‘Neil? Gabrielle?’” she said as she continued how she foundNeil White, bleeding, and told her Gabrielle was “in her room resting.”
Authorities said they believe the daughter was asphyxiated but an autopsy report is on its way to verify this finding.
New Rochelle police Commissioner Patrick Carroll said he didn’t want to speculate about a motive.
According to further investigations, White’s wife, Michelle Hord-White, an NBCUniversal Inc. talent acquisition vice president, recently filed for divorce in April. The couple were living apart and had shared custody of Gabrielle.
Neil White was sent to court on a murder charge on Wednesday, appearing in a blue hospital gown with his forearms bandaged. He is held without bail.
“We are broken and devastated that our sweet little girl is gone but we’re thankful that we had seven wonderful years with her,” Hord-White and her family said said in a statement.
Gabrielle was in second grade at William B. Ward Elementary School, where school district officials said grief counselors were available to help staff members and students cope with her death.
Mayor Noam Bramson said Wednesday was “an exceptionally painful day.”
“Our entire community mourns this tragic event,” Bramson said.
Source: Daily Mail