Neil White (Photo source: Westchester County District Attorney)

A messy divorce has led to the death of a 7-year-old girl allegedly at the hands of her own father in New Rochelle, New York.

The events unfolded after police received a telephone call from Tonette Mahon, a woman identified as the family babysitter this past Tuesday. Mahon told police 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, she called out for White and his daughter but received no response. When she went upstairs she noticed that all the curtains were drawn and the house was dark. White then emerged covered in blood with injuries to both of his wrists. He told Mahon that Gabriel was “in her room resting.”

Mahon told police she found the lifeless body of Gabrielle White, 7, in her bed.

Authorities believe that White asphyxiated his daughter. The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.

Neal White and Michelle Hord-White (Photo source: Facebook/ Michelle Hord-White)

White was married to NBCUniversal talent acquisition vice president Michelle Hord-White. Neighbors have said that the couple had problems that were well known in the community. In January, a domestic dispute led to police being called to the home. Hord-White filed for divorce from her husband in April 2017. The couple was not living together and were sharing custody of their daughter during this time. As part of an agreement in the marital split, White agreed to surrender the family residence to his ex-wife the prior day. Hord-White was not at the home when her daughter was killed.

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 Gabrielle. New Rochelle City Judge Anthony Carbone ordered him held and issued two orders of protection — for Hord-White and for another person. His next court appearance is June 15, 2017.

Mo Barnes

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  • Oak510finest

    Wow, what a selfish psycho. No wonder his wife wanted to divorce him. Such a shame for a child to have to endure that.

  • nosey rosy

    im so surprise he didnt kill them both , he was really a sick man , why didnt she just order that protection order weeks prior her daughter would still be here . she had to have know he was nuts and not trusting . he must be broke she has to be the bread winner and he was gonna have to pay her child support is the reason he did that . black men and child support its a dangerous game many black men are not killing the spouse over chidl support of all things , dont these ni..gers know if they leave they gotta pay? thats a lot of selfness to be fighting over money like that , why?

    • AJ

      Your comment is so uneducated and STUPID. If she was the bread winning I’m sure his child support was minimum if any seeing how they were sharing custody Nosey Rosy, and I’m sure if the judge granted them to share custody, I’m almost certain no one figured he was crazy until probably the end! There was nothing anyone could have done to have saved this beautiful little girls life or she would still be here. They only people that actually know they love, struggle and nature of there relationship is the people involved, so don’t make such ridiculous statements cause all black men aren’t alike. It’s just selfish that he would use such a tactic to get at his wife like that and for that I hope he fry’s for.

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