NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The New Rochelle Police Department is currently investigating the suspcious death of a young girl. This afternoon at approximately 3:18 p.m.were called to the home on Arbor Glen on a report of a male bleeding from wounds to his wrists. Inside the home, officers discovered the body of a 7-year old girl in her bed apparently deceased. The cause of death has not yet been determined. This according to a statement issued by the New Rochelle Police Department.
The male, believed to be the girl's father, was taken by police and ambulance to a local hospital for treatment.
The Westchester County Medical Examiner and District Attorney's Offices are involved in this investigation.
"This is an active investigation so no further information will be provided at this time," said Sergeant Theresa Christopher of the New Rochelle Police.
The New Rochelle Board of Education terminated their school board meeting early in order to allow adminsitrators to respond to the incident.
The student was a second grader at Ward Elementary School.
UPDATE: Multiple sources telling Talk of the Sound the man taken to the hospital is Neil G. White. His wife is Michelle-Hord White, an executive at NBC Universal. They were married in 2007.
Court records indicate that Michelle Hord-White filed divorce papers on April 25, 2017.
Sources tell Talk of the Sound that White was served divorce papers today.
Police sources talking on background say the girl's body showed signs of suffocation and stab wounds.
Statement by City School District of New Rochelle
The City School District of New Rochelle and Ward School are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our students. The student’s family is in all of our thoughts and prayers.
Students will respond to this tragedy in various ways. It is important for both schools and families to support them by listening to them carefully and helping them through their feelings.
We are prepared to open Ward School tomorrow morning (Wednesday) with a crisis team in place that includes grief counselors to assist our staff and students.
If you would like to seek advice on speaking to your child about death, you are encouraged to visit the National Association of School Psychologists website at www.nasponline.org for resources on conversations about grieving and loss.
UPDATE JUNE 7 9:00 AM: Michelle Hord-White published a photo on Facebook of her with her daughter Gabrielle.
UPDATE: JUNE 7 9:30 AM: Gabrielle White wanted to raise money for the Ward PTA while in Kindergarten
Online Research for Neil White
LinkedIn Profile: Neil G. White
Political Operative: Seasoned local, state and national level campaign operative with experience building ground strategy, volunteer efforts and voter registration drives. Deep ties in Westchester County and New York State government with responsibilities representing a NYS Senator in three major cities. Community organizing and campaign operations experience in political and nonprofit arenas. Proficient in Microsoft Office, Outlook, Votebuilder, NGP-VAN, Dashboard and Bluebird. Seeking full-time, permanent opportunities in the research and policy fields, at a nonprofit or government sectors.
College of New Rochelle: Currently enrolled in the Masters in Public Administration Program 2018
University of Connecticut: Bachelors Degree Psychology 1987-1992
Worded Thoughts/Amazon (Published 2006)
In Worded Thoughts Neil White takes us on a lyrical journey through a colorful world filled with soul searching questions, passionate debate and a celebration of love and life
Neil G. White is a freelance writer with work published in magazines and newspapers on both coasts. Much of his writing is inspired by his experiences growing up in New York City. He has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. He currently resides in New York.
STATEMENT FROM MICHELLE HORD-WHITE ON DEATH OF GABRIELLE WHITE
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. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request donations be made online at the hordfoundation.org, P.O. Box 4671 Danbury, CT 06813.
The hordfoundation.org is non-profit founded by the father of Michelle Hord-White.