Neil White, the father accused of murdering his 7-year-old daughter in New Rochelle appeared in City Court on Thursday.
According to a lohud report , the case was adjourned for more than a month, with Judge Susan Kettner amending an order of protection that was issued to Neil White’s estranged wife, Michelle Hord-White, due to a misspelling of her name.
At a press conference last week, New Rochelle officials announced that the 47-year-old White has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of his daughter, Gabrielle, who was a student at Ward Elementary School.
At approximately 3:20 p.m. on June 6, police received an emergency call from 3 Arbor Glen when Gabrielle’s babysitter went to the home to check on the girl following an uneasy text message exchange with White, Police Capt. Robert Gazzola said at a press conference. Upon arrival at the scene, she reportedly found White bleeding with wounds to his wrists and Gabrielle in her bed, prompting her to call the police.
Paramedics said that Gabrielle was unresponsive, laying in bed when they arrived. Neil White was taken to Montefiore Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He was later taken into custody and was arraigned in New Rochelle City Court on murder charges.
The cause of death is believed to be asphyxia by suffocation, Gazzola said, though the exact cause of death is pending confirmation from the Medical Examiner’s Office.
This isn’t the first time police have been called to 3 Arbor Glen. In January, Gazzola said that officers were called there for a verbal dispute between White and his wife, from whom he has since separated. Gazzola said that the dispute was minor and officers cleared the scene in a short few minutes.
White and Hord-White had shared custody of Gabrielle, and at the time of the 7-year-old’s death, they resided in separate homes. Police said that Hord-White was at work at the time of the incident and that Gabrielle did not attend school as regularly scheduled on the day of her death.
“This hurts our community, and it hurts us all deeply as it relates to children,” Gazzola said. The entire New Rochelle community is saddened by this event and asks that everyone respects the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”