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In a heartbreakingly tragic day, a mother found out that her 7-year-old daughter was dead. But that was just the worst of the bad news. Police say the alleged murderer was the girl’s father. Gabrielle White, 7, a second-grader in New Rochelle, New York, about 30 minutes outside of New York City was found dead in her father’s home after the child’s babysitter tipped off police. Police arrested her father, 47-year-old Neil White. He and the girl’s mother Michelle Hord-White were estranged. reports:

White’s wife, Michelle Hord-White, filed for divorce in April, according to Westchester County records. The couple was living apart and shared custody of Gabrielle, police said.


“No words could sum up all that Gabrielle meant to us but she was our light,” Hord-White and her family said in a statement. “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.”

The family suggested those who wish to make a memorial donation make one at the, P.O. Box 4671 Danbury, CT 06813.

Their page reads: It is Michelle’s wish that her daughter’s life be remembered in a positive light  and recognized for all of the many great things she represented to so many people. Thus, if you wish to help memorialize her, please consider donating in any amount. Donations will go to the Hord’s Family Foundation. The Hord Foundation stands for “helping others realize their dreams” and the family wants to celebrate the dreams of young people who will have an opportunity that Gabrielle will not have to pursue higher education and make a difference in the world.

Hord-White, originally from Detroit, works as vice president for talent acquisition and campus programs at NBC Universal and previously worked at “America’s Most Wanted,” according to her Facebook page.

White has worked in local politics and was working toward a master’s degree in public administration at the College of New Rochelle, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Police responded to the home once before, for a domestic dispute in January between Neil White and Michelle Hord-White. It was a verbal dispute which was resolved and officers left after a few minutes, police said.

White had blood on his wrists when arrested, police say. That blood is what alerted the babysitter that something was awry when she came to the house and she called police.

PHOTOS: Family handout, Facebook, New Rochelle police

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12 thoughts on “New York Father Accused of Killing 7-Year-Old Daughter

  1. hotlanta on said:

    If the guy was a boyfriend, folks would be going all in on saying single mothers gotta be careful about inviting men into our houses their kids, etc. etc. I have always said that the natural parent will do more harm to their child than a stranger. She was getting ready to move on with her life without him and he did the one thing that he knew that would hurt her because she is a mom not a baby mama who truly loved her child.

  2. Just the thought that he used his own daughter in a dispute between him and her mother…is just horrific! How could he do such a heinous thing? Just sickening and disheartening to know that we have monsters around us who are selfish and full of hatred. I hope his days will long and tortuous. He deserves to suffer!!

  3. The reports (on another site), say the baby died from suffocation, but says nothing about what caused the scratches and cuts on White’s wrist. It also said there were no signs of struggle and they don’t know where the child was killed but she was found in her bed. Something tells me that this was some sort of revenge against his wife for filing for divorce in April.
    Bubba will be waiting with open arms, but prison sounds way too good for him if he committed this heinous crime against his own baby girl. What a horrible person, hell is also awaiting his arrival.

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