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New Rochelle Man Accused Of Suffocating 7-Year-Old Daughter Indicted

Neil White. Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office
Gabrielle White with her mother, Michelle Hord-White. Photo Credit:

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - Neil White, the man accused of suffocating his 7-year-old daughter in New Rochelle earlier this year has been indicted on a murder charge.

A grand jury has voted to charge White with second-degree murder after the 47-year-old was charged in June for his role in the death of his daughter Gabrielle, who was a student at Ward Elementary School. He is due to make his first appearance in Westchester County Court later this week.

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, New Rochelle Police Capt. Robert Gazzola said at a press conference earlier this year. 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.

An autopsy performed by the Westchester County Medical Examiner's Office determined that the cause of death was asphyxia by suffocation.

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.”

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