Mamaroneck Mother Charged In Death Of 4-Year-Old

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Manuela Maria Morgado, 46, was charged with second-degree murder.
Manuela Maria Morgado, 46, was charged with second-degree murder.

This story was updated at 2:15 p.m.

MAMARONECK, N.Y. ‒ The mother of the 4-year-old boy found dead in his Mamaroneck home Monday has been charged with murder, police said.

Manuela Maria Morgado, 46, was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge in Mamaroneck Village Court late Monday, police said. Morgado was apparently being held without bail at the Westchester County Jail.

Police said they found Morgado "semi-conscious" Monday afternoon after a family member called 911 asking that someone check on her. Her 4-year-old son, Jason, was dead when police arrived.

The cause of death was unknown.

Morgado and the boy's father, Dr. Tim Reish of Briarcliff Manor, were battling for custody of Jason, according to reports.

An employee of JW Tumbles, where the 4-year-old boy attended classes, called the incident a family tragedy and refused to comment. Parents leaving the gym also declined to comment.

Residents of the Boston Post Road apartment were tight-lipped outside the building.  One neighbor would only say many building residents did not know the boy or his mother.

Reish, the boy's father, is a well-known orthopedic surgeon and an attending physician specializing in knee and shoulder work at the Insall Scott Kelly Institute for Orthopedic and Sports Medicine in New York City. He graduated with honors from Temple
University School of Medicine in Philadelphia and currently lives in a single-family home on Austin Place in Briarcliff Manor that was purchased in October 2010 for $1.75 million.

Reish has two other children, a sixth and eighth grader who attend Briarcliff
Middle School. Briarcliff School District officials said they are offering grief counseling.

Check back with The Mamaroneck Daily Voice for updates.

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I just overwhelmed with grief... such things should not be happened with anyone.
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Desanto - Do a bit more reading. The Daily Mail article has so many mistakes it would be laughable if it weren't such an important story. The mother is not the ex-wife of the father, as the story states, and the boy was NOT choked, as the story states. There are just way too many mistakes in there to list. But maybe before tossing your little grenades you should make sure you're right so you don't look like the idiot you are accusing others of being.

desanto must be a reporter for the Journal News or Snooze 12. Daily Voice Rocks! desanto knows it and that's why desanto is still making hits on this site!! Oh by the way, the articles are free on this site! Keep up the good work Daily Voice.

Those papers are not any better ! They are are pathetic in their coverage of news events.

Actually, no one has addessed my original statement. Why and how does a newspaper located in London do a better and more thorough job of covering a local event than some publication only a short distance away. This is something that is hardly Pulitzer Prize material .

It is called professionalism and ability. This type of shabby and inept reporting is something for the minor leagues.

I also hope your follow up on this event is better than a school essay

This is how a REAL newspaper covers an event. Shame on you for such pathetic coverage of such a horrible crime !

You were actually scooped by a newspaper published over 3,000 miles away !

That's real in depth reporting. Not something that looks like it was written by a fourth grader.

You should get some real reporters.