Mother Charged With Murder of 4-Year-Old Son

Village of Mamaroneck Police formally arrested the woman whom they suspect was responsible for her son's death.


Village of Mamaroneck Police arrested 46-year-old Manuela Maria Morgado Monday night on a felony charge of second degree murder in connection with her 4-year-old son's death Monday morning, said Village of Mamaroneck (VOM) Police.  

Morgado was arraigned in village court Monday and was remanded to Westchester County Jail without bail; she is due back in court on Oct. 4, said a statement from VOM Police.

Police were called to Morgado's residence at the Continental View Condominium Complex at 1035 East Boston Post Rd. in Mamaroneck around 10:30 a.m. Monday morning when they found the deceased boy and his mother, in a state of semi-consciousness.

News 12 reports that the boy—identified as Jason—was living with Manuela while she was battling his father, Briarcliff Manor resident Dr. Tim Reish, over custody of their son.  They report that the incident was an attempted murder-suicide.

Dr. Reish was an orthopedic surgeon who was part of the Insall Scott Kelly Institute (ISK).  According to the practice's website, he specializes in sports-related injuries and had extensive experience working with Division 1 athletes.

There was an eerie sense of calm at the Continental View Complex tonight, as VOM Police and news' trucks crowded the narrow driveway in front of the complex, with no residents coming or going.

Stay tuned to Patch for further updates.

MDD October 02, 2012 at 10:35 AM
The amount of pain and anguish she must have been dealing with to do this and now with which she will forever carry.
lizzette October 02, 2012 at 10:48 AM
Only desperation could lead her to do this.
Harold R. October 02, 2012 at 11:00 AM
This is so tragic, how do people reach such a state of despair?
Buddy October 02, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Absolutely awful. Sad to hear about this anywhere, but especially so in our own community.
SRC October 02, 2012 at 04:42 PM
This is a real shame. I felt bad before when i didnt have kids but now that i have 2 of my own, i feel truly horrible. How can anyone do this to their own children. Yes we get angry at our kids but not to the point of murder.
jc October 02, 2012 at 08:34 PM
How could anyone prefer their child's death over losing custody to the other parent? It seems like the ultimate decision to punish the ex and I have no sympathy for her.
lizzette October 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
she was not mad at Jason...until you have walked in her shoes, do not pass judgement. Jason was hee world.
lizzette October 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Susan October 03, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Her World??? She MURDERED him...sorry...she is an animal !!
Daniel Kremen October 04, 2012 at 03:18 AM
it is a natural human reaction to take out the children before you try and kill yourself to its called complete selfishness!
JMorton October 05, 2012 at 05:46 PM
The details of this story just scream out the cause for this. The doctor got the itch and left his wife. Took up with Morgado, who was probably swept off her feet with his good looks, money, and pent-up passions, and then he got tired of her (the picture of them called "happier times" that is circulating shows him with no affection or interest in Morgado at all, in fact he looks stiff and unhappy) and decided to go back to his wife. They bought a mansion, Morgado was not only dumped but impoverished, and now a single mother with a special needs child. One week it's rich happy family, the next week it's depressed bankrupt single mother. Four years of this, then Dr Goodbar decides that he's going to dictate where his son goes to school. Morgado wasn't stupid, she could see where this was heading: marginalize and remove her from the boy's life since she has nothing to fight back with. I've seen several women go through this with controlling men (although they didn't crack like Morgado) and they are shells of their former selves. What a pity for all concerned.
Amanda October 09, 2012 at 04:31 AM
People become very good at fooling a person view on them she may have seemed sweet and loving but you have no idea what was going on in her head........she killed a helpless little boy she is an animal if she couldn't handle the child she should have given him to the dad there is NO excuse to justify what she has done I pray she doesn't get away with this like Casey Anthony she deserves to suffer and spend life in jail where other prisoners will get revenge


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