Neil G. White, 47, or 3 Arbor Lane appeared in New Rochelle City Court this afternoon before Judge Anthony Carbone after being charged with Second Degree Murder in the asphyxiation death of his 7-year old daughter. He did not enter a plea. He was not granted bail but remanded to custody while awaiting trial. He is due back in court on June 15.
The victim is Gabriele White. The cause of her death is believed to be asphyxiation by suffocation pending confirmation by the Westchester County Medical Examiner.
New Rochelle Police Captain Robert Gazzola said police responded to the child’s home at 3 Arbor Lane after receiving a 911 call from the child’s caregiver, later identified as Tonette Mahon. The father did not call 911, according to police.
Mahon became concerned as to what was happening at the home after exchanging a series of text messages with the suspect at about 1:40 p.m. She went to the home and found Neil White in his bedroom with blood on his wrists. She went to check on the daughter and found her non-responsive, apparently dead, lying face down in bed. There was no sign of a struggle but police did find blood throughout the house. Police said that early unconfirmed reports that the girl was stabbed were not correct.
Gazzola said police previously responded to the home in response to a verbal domestic dispute involving Neil White and Michelle Hord-White. He did not provide further details. Talk of the Sound has requested a copy of the Incident Report.
Neil White entered the courtroom, appearing calm, wearing a blue hospital gown, black leggingsm and beige hospital socks. Both wrists were heavily bandaged. He appeared alert. He engaged in discussion with his court appointed attorney, Harvey Loeb, and reviewed court papers with his lawyer.
Courtroom staff, attorneys and reporters and members of the public were downcast, many with eyes down, completely silent throughout White’s appearance.
The court issued Temporary Orders of Protection for Michelle Hord-White, Neil White’s wife and Tonette Mahon, the caregiver.
At a press conference prior to the arraignment, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson said the day was “an exceptionally painful day for New Rochelle”.
“This is devastating news that we will struggle to understand for a long time,” said Bramson.
Speaking off the record with reporters outside the courthouse, Council Member Jared Rice, whose daughter was best friend’s with the victim, was overwhelmed with emotion.
Neil White is a Democrat political operative who worked on campaigns for Hillary Clinton, New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and did work for three New York State senators.
Friendly reminder: We’re not trying to smear Mrs. Clinton with this news, just pointing out the glaring omission from the “mainstream” media and noting that if this guy was a Trump operative that would be noted in every headline and it would be 24/7 news.
Just like this story that’s ignored by most media, it demonstrates that ignoring damaging news to Democrats is just as bad as fake news.
Thanks to Jenny for the tip.
Update: Here he is on Twitter from last year:
— Neil G. White (@MrNeilGWhite) October 28, 2016
— Neil G. White (@MrNeilGWhite) September 16, 2016
— Neil G. White (@MrNeilGWhite) August 23, 2016