In New Rochelle, NY, a father has been accused of murder in association with the death of his 7-year old girl, who died of suffocation.
Neil White was discovered inside his home early on Tuesday with slash wounds on his wrists. His daughter’s body was found in her bed.
White is now being charged with second degree murder due to a possible connection with the death of his daughter, Gabrielle White.
The medical examiner has yet to determine the official cause of death, but according to officers she appears to have died of asphyxia by suffocation.
The father was taken to the hospital by police and an ambulance. The father was bleeding heavily from the wrists at the time of the police discovery.
The girl’s mother filed for a divorce from the father in April according to records, but police have not yet discussed a motive for the crime.
Gabrielle was a second grader at the William B. Ward Elementary School, which released the following statement:
The City School District of New Rochelle and Ward School are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one our students. The student’s family is in all of our thoughts and prayers. We are prepared to open Ward School tomorrow morning with a crisis team in place that includes grief counselors to assist our staff and students. Students will respond to this tragedy in various ways. It is important for both schools and families to support them by listening to them carefully and helping them through their feelings. Anyone with information is asked to contact the New Rochelle Police Department’s General Investigations Unit at 914-654-2270.