Trial begins for New Rochelle man accused of murdering daughter

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NEW ROCHELLE -

Opening statements are scheduled for today in Westchester County Court in White Plains in the murder trial of a New Rochelle man accused of killing his daughter.

Neil White entered a not guilty plea in the murder of his 7-year-old daughter, but according to court documents, he admitted to the crime.

The 47-year-old and his wife were going through a divorce and they were living apart.

On June 5, 2017, the couple's daughter, Gabrielle, was staying with White in his New Rochelle home. The next day, the girl's babysitter stopped by to check in and found White bleeding from his wrists and called police. Investigators say White had cut himself with a kitchen knife and claimed he'd tried to kill himself. Police then found little Gabrielle's lifeless body in her bed.

According to court documents, White later told detectives he smothered his daughter with a pillow as she slept because he did not want her to be raised in a single parent home and that his visitation was going to be even more restricted after the divorce was finalized. He claimed he did not want Gabrielle to suffer.

The medical examiner later determined the cause of little Gabrielle's death was asphyxia from smothering.

Neil White is charged with one count of murder in the second degree. He's facing 25 years to life in state prison.

 

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