By Ryan Velez
A messy divorce has now taken a dark turn, as RollingOut reports that a 7-year girl has been allegedly killed by her own father in New Rochelle, New York. Apparently, the story is that police received a telephone call from Tonette Mahon, a woman who was identified as the family babysitter, this past Tuesday.
Mahon mentioned that she had received several alarming text messages from Neil White, 47, who was sharing custody of his daughter during a divorce. When she arrived at the home, no one responded to her calls, and she saw that the curtains were drawn and the house was dark. Mahon discovered that White was covered with blood and had injuries on his wrists. Gabrielle White, 7, was lifeless on the bed. Authorities believe that White asphyxiated his daughter, but a medical examiner will ultimately determine the exact cause of death.
White was married to NBCUniversal talent acquisition vice president Michelle Hord-White. Neighbors noted that the two had problems that had been well-known in the community. In January, the police had to be called to the home following a domestic dispute. Hord-White would file for divorce in April of this year. At the time of the filing, the two were not living together and were sharing custody of their daughter. As a part of the agreement, White agreed to surrender the family residence to his ex-wife the prior day. At the time of Gabrielle’s death, Hord-White was not in the home.
The girl’s mother and her family issued the following statement: “No words could sum up all that Gabrielle meant to us but she was our light. We are broken and devastated that our sweet little girl is gone but we’re thankful that we had seven wonderful years with her. While we begin to mourn privately, we thank those friends, colleagues, neighbors, and strangers for the tremendous support that we’ve already received. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request donations be made online at the hordfoundation.org, P.O. Box 4671 Danbury, CT 06813.”
Neil White was arraigned on Wednesday on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of his daughter. New Rochelle City Judge Anthony Carbone ordered him held and issued two orders of protection — for Hord-White and for another person. White’s next court appearance is June 15, 2017.