YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Investigators have been questioning a person of interest in the stabbing death of a 40-year-old Englewood woman and asphyxiation of her 5-year-old daughter, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight.
The bodies of Tammy Pitts Gaddy, 40, and her daughter, Natasia, were found this afternoon after a neighbor who heard people break into Gaddy’s apartment flagged down a uniformed officer on patrol.
Police took five people in for questioning who were in the building at the time the bodies were found. However, they’d narrowed it down tonight to a single person of interest, the law enforcement source told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
The unidentified man, who knew Gaddy, is not under arrest nor officially been deemed a suspect, he said. Interviews were continuing tonight.
Relatives told police they broke down the apartment door after not hearing from Gaddy for more than a day. The patrol officer, stopped by the neighbor, went around the side of the apartment at 276 West Palisade Avenue and called for backup when he saw a broken window and them inside.
Gaddy was found on the ground floor of the apartment a a short time later, Englewood Police Chief Arthur O’Keefe told CLIFFVIEW PILOT .
Gaddy, a longtime area resident, apparently put up a struggle and was stabbed several times, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this afternoon.
Her daughter, who attended the nearby D.A. Quarles Early Childhood Center, was found in the basement . Near the child, O’Keefe said, was a black plastic garbage that investigators suspect was used to kill her.
Authorities believe they’d been killed yesterday. Autopsies were pending.
- 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. READ MORE….
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