WHITE PLAINS – A New Rochelle man was arraigned on Aug. 11, 2017 in connection with the June 2017 murder of his daughter.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Neil White of New Rochelle, was arraigned before Judge Anne Minihan on a grand jury indictment charging him with one count of Murder in the Second Degree, a class A Felony in the death of his daughter, Gabrielle White, who was seven years old at the time of her death.
According to court records:
On the afternoon of June 6, 2017, the nanny who helped to care for the victim came to 3 Arbor Glen in New Rochelle where both the victim and the defendant resided. She went to the third floor of the home and called out to both the victim and the defendant.
The defendant, who was bleeding from both his wrists from self-inflicted knife cuts, exited the master bedroom. The nanny became frightened and fled the home.
Once outside, the nanny immediately contacted the victim’s mother and the police. New Rochelle Police Officers who arrived on the scene a few minutes later entered the home and found the defendant in the master bedroom. Other officers found the victim in her bedroom, under her blanket, cold and in a state of rigor.
Later, the defendant was taken to the hospital for treatment where the cuts to his wrists were closed with stiches, where he was also read his rights and questioned.
He was charged in the death of his daughter.
The Medical Examiner’s Office determined that the cause of the victim’s death was asphyxia from smothering.
The defendant pled not guilty.
The defendant is remanded.
His next court date is August 24, 2017.
He faces 25-years-to-life in state prison.