YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A 40-year-old Englewood woman put up a struggle before she was stabbed to death by an intruder who asphyxiated her 5-year-old daughter in the basement, Police Chief Arthur O’Keefe told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this afternoon.
The Bergen County Medical Examiner was still at the scene as of 4:30, and the bodies remained where they were when discovered around 12:30, O’Keefe said.
Police took five people in for questioning who were in the building at the time the bodies were found.
Some are relatives who told police they broke down the apartment door after not hearing from Tammy Gaddy, 40, for more than a day, the chief said.
A uniformed officer on patrol was flagged down by a neighbor who said he believed a burglary had just occurred at 276 West Palisade Avenue.
The officer called for assistance, went around to the side of the building and found a broken window, O’Keefe said.
Looking inside, he saw several people.
Gaddy was found on the ground floor of the apartment.
Gaddy, a longtime area resident, “apparently put up a struggle and was stabbed at least once,” the chief told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Her daughter, Natasia, was found in the basement . Near the child, O’Keefe said, was a black plastic garbage used to kill her.
Although original reports were that she was 4, the chief noted that Natasia attended a nearby grade school.