Mamaroneck Mother 'Loved Son Unconditionally'

A longtime friend of Manuela Morgado describes her as loving and caring.

Update 10/22: Morgado's neighbor in Ossining, Robert Kelly, declined to comment regarding his former neighbor except to say, "What I read in the local paper is pretty true...I don't have anything to add," referring to accounts of Morgado and Dr. Reish's relationship published in The Journal News.

“She’s just a wonderful, loving, caring human being and she just loved her son unconditionally,” said Aymee Duran, 52, about her friend of 20 years, Manuela Morgado.

Morgado—the 46-year-old Mamaroneck mother awaiting trial on second degree murder charges in connection with her son, Jason Reish’s, death—was found by police on Oct. 1 in a semi-conscious state, cradling her son’s dead body in what was believed to be a murder and attempted suicide. Unsettling details of Jason’s death were brought forth in a felony hearing earlier this week.

Yet, Duran describes the woman she affectionately called “Manny” as being so concerned about her unborn son’s welfare while she was pregnant that she got rid of both her dogs prior to giving birth, perhaps in an effort to protect him from unseen dangers.

Duran was “flabbergasted and devastated” when she heard the tragic news of Jason’s death.

“No one would have ever imagined this.  She had to have been in a dark, dark place,” said Duran, who last saw Morgado in May.

Morgado was the stepsister of one of Duran’s close friends when they met in New Jersey in the late ‘80s, she said. Morgado's mother recently passed away and she has two brothers.

Duran stayed with Morgado at her four-bedroom home on Grace Lane in Ossining after Jason was born, a home she shared with Dr. Tim Reish, Jason’s father. Sometimes Morgado would babysit Tim’s two sons from a previous marriage when they came to visit from Ohio. 

Morgado and Tim were engaged when she found out she was pregnant with Jason, said Duran, and "were looking forward to getting married."

According to Duran, Morgado and Tim separated soon after Jason was born.

“It started getting heated between them—she had to ask her neighbors to help her move out,” she said.

Morgado lived in New Jersey with Jason but moved to Mamaroneck to be able to bring her son back and forth to Briarcliff Manor for visitation with his father, despite the financial strain she felt as a single mother.

“There were too many years of too much struggle,” she said about the time Morgado spent battling Jason’s father in family court regarding her son's schooling.

"Unfortunately she felt there was no resolution in sight since the courts always seemed to side with Tim," she said, continuing, "She looked forward to someday having some resolution with Tim over the issues regarding Jason. Her focus was Jason and providing a stable environment for him."

She described Jason as “a sweet, very energetic, very loving boy,” that she would often send gifts to. 

As for Tim, Duran said, “I don’t take away from what he’s feeling—no one should ever go through this.”

Morgado is at the Westchester County Jail awaiting a grand jury trial. 


Further reading

Laid to Rest: Community Mourns a Child Whose Life Was Cut Short

Mother Accused of Son's Murder Banned From Communicating With Boy's Father

Neighbors of Alleged Murderer 'Devastated'

Father of Dead 4-Year-Old: 'We Will Never Comprehend'

Investigation Continues into Child's Death; Mother Held Without Bail

Mother Charged With Murder of 4-Year-Old Son

Four-Year-Old Found Dead in Mamaroneck

jjinla October 19, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Oh lord...whoever said that the leader of Padres Unidos was a cracker jack was putting it mildly! So, basically it's our fault she killed her own son because she was latina and therefore persecuted by the system? Oh BOY!!! The only truthful thing you said in all of what you wrote is that stupidity is getting us closer to Third World status!
jjinla October 20, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Oh yes, Tim Reish is such an abuser that his old wife is now living with him now. Do you people believe half of the stuff that spews out of your mouth, or do you just go for shock value to stay relevant? Are you so bored now that the whole Central School thing has blown over that you need another dumb woman to back? Never in one court document did Manuela name him as an abuser, unless you consider not letting her send her kid to MCNS abuse. The only person that killed their kids here is Manuela. Not the court. Not the father. I wonder if she was white if you and Luis would be holding a pep rally for her?
BKH October 20, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Dear Corrupt...: You and Luis hit the nail on the head. White Plains Family Courts and their judges and court appointees have no concern for children and their mothers. The only concern is making money, keeping cases going, and making the system prevail and profit. Manuela was a victim of the courts. Shall we name the judges responsible, along with Tim Reish, for Manuela's demise and HER son's death. There are two particular judges, both men, that are to blame!
Diana October 20, 2012 at 05:37 PM
jjinla October 20, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Interesting...3 fake screen names in 40 minutes all equally crazy. Concidence? I think not. Clearly you must work for the defense. Good luck with this one. Even Manson wasn't sadistic enough to kill his own kids. You can't argue with crazy...regardless of what the courts say, she lost and will have to live with the vision of her son's last moments of horror that she inflicted on him. May she live to be over a hundred in this personal hell.
jjinla October 21, 2012 at 04:24 PM
I can almost guarantee that the comments were by either her brother, her friend (seeing she is all over LoHud in vain trying to defend her friend), or one of Luis' militant followers. Either way, I wouldn't be sure that the editor didn't delete them for they were seriously crazy. Oh yes, I'm jealous of that baby-killer's beauty! Seriously the rantings of a lunatic.
Conrad Heyer October 21, 2012 at 05:38 PM
For all of you want to beat up on this clearly disturbed woman, I hope you are not confronted with mental illness in your family. Would you try to explain their behavior or simply call them a "monster" and move on? If the latter, then shame on you. You don't know what happened to the posts, the Patch, unfortunately,arbitrarily deletes readers posts when they don't like them. It is reprehensible but not surprising.
jjinla October 21, 2012 at 06:30 PM
There are people mentally ill in my family, as I would bet there are to varying degrees in every family in America. However, if my sister watched her son kick in horror as she sat on him until he took his last breath I sure as heck wouldn't be pimping myself out to the press about how much "she loved him unconditionally". She was not insane, that is clear, so yes, she deserves every bit of scorn for this. And, clearly you didn't see the comments that were removed before you go blaming the editor. I was the right decision.
Conrad Heyer October 21, 2012 at 07:21 PM
LD I don't get what you are saying. Are you saying that the Patch should be able to delete posts when they don't like them? Jjinia - I don't think you understand mental illness very well. I did not say that the Patch deleted the post, I just said that they have deleted posts arbitrarily in the past I did read all the comments before they were deleted. There was nothing in those posts that violated the terms of service any more than some of your posts. People are entitled to their opinions whether you or the editors agree with them or not. Seems there a lot of things you don't understand.
Conrad Heyer October 21, 2012 at 08:13 PM
LD, As I said "I don't get what you are saying" and I still don't. What you said was "Its not surprising to me if Patch Deleted them they were all defending the "Monster" " That statement (but I admit it was hard to understand) seemed to infer that it was ok for the Patch to delete the posts because they were " defending the "Monster" ". If that is not what you were trying to say, please let me know what you were going for.
jjinla October 21, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Conrad, do you have a point, here? The child is barely buried, and they are on a PR blitz trying to instead make her ex-boyfriend the villan here? She killed their son in cold blood...really classy to inflict more pain trudging him through the mud to try to build a defense for her. If she was mad, she SHOULD have lost her son and the courts were just. If she wasn't mad, explain how her murdering the child could be anything but spite from a woman with an obvious anger management issue (see article citing her assaulting him for buying an IPhone for an employee as a gift). Look, only a jury will decide her fate but like I said, she will live hell on earth as long as she lives which is good enough for me. That her family and friends are more concerned about deflecting blame on Tim Reich, the courts, the system, whoever...is quite simply despicable.
Conrad Heyer October 21, 2012 at 10:09 PM
LD, I will give it one more try. I quite understand what I wrote and stand by it. I have nicely asked you twice to simply clarify what you said in your grammatically challenged statement "" Its not surprising to me if Patch Deleted them they were all defending the "Monster" but i do think it was her family - friends.". Here is the question as simply as I can put it - Do you think it is proper for the Patch to remove posts just because they don't the content? A simple yes or no would be appreciated. I don't know why answering a question is so difficult for you
Conrad Heyer October 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM
jjinia, My point is, given that neither of us know anything about the actions or state of mind of any of those involved prior to this tragedy, that a bit of compassion for all might be in order. Apparently you do not. You feel free to conjure up your own facts in order to justify a vengeful view of life. . I do not. . As I said you seem to have little understanding or compassion for those with mental illness. We all live our lives as we see fit, I simply don't choose to
jjinla October 21, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Conrad, you are entirely missing the point here. The friend quoted in this article is all over the LoHud blogs slandering Tim. Calling him abusive (when it appears that the only credible incident involved her, not him), belittling his ex-wife, insinuating that he didn't even love the boy as much as his others. She is doing her friend no favors. Manuela had no history whatsoever of mental illness that anyone has spoken of. Are you always so understanding towards criminals? Gee, that poor misunderstood shooter in Aurora is getting so much bad press now...
Conrad Heyer October 22, 2012 at 12:11 AM
jjinia, alright I went to lohud, looked through the articles, the forums and the blogs and I saw exactly 3 comments, on one article out of six, from the friend quoted in this article. Certainly not "all over" like you portray. There was nothing slanderous in her remarks, she did not belittle the ex-wife, she didn't insinuate that he didn't love Jason as much as his other children. You really need to stop making stuff up to underpin your arguments. I gotta tell you that she sounds more credible than you. She is not posting anonymously like yourself and unlike you has first hand knowledge. Try and find a little compassion in your dark soul for all involved in this tragedy.
jjinla October 22, 2012 at 12:36 AM
She specifically said "Notice he didn't care about removing Jason from the home when he called the police, his sole concern were this other two boys." Where do you think that she was going with that? And if you recall the posts from yesterday that were deleted here, you will remember specifically that they were attacking the ex-wife as being codependant and materialistic. Who the heck does that? Yeah, that is the type of people on her side. I don't claim to know all of the facts nor have I ever claimed to. And I have a lot of compassion for the boy and the father. Clearly we are going to have to agree to disagree on this - my only concern is of the victims, not the perpetrator.
jjinla October 22, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I actually didn't know that any news outlet showed the dad finding out that his son was dead. My God, what has this world come to? That, IMO is worse than showing a suicide. Every parent's absolute worst nightmare, and they showed it on the 10 o'clock news? Just sick...
Conrad Heyer October 22, 2012 at 09:14 PM
LD, my tongue is just fine, but apparently yours can't wrap itself around answering a simple yes/no question. Plenty of time to speculate about things you know nothing about but no time to engage in a conversation, sad. jjinia, I have no idea where "she was going with that" and neither do you As I said she actually knew all the players in this tragedy, you know none, she puts her face and name behind her statements while you spew yours from behind a wall on anonymity. Again, sad
Conrad Heyer October 22, 2012 at 11:54 PM
LD, You really need to calm down and try to think rationally, it makes for better discussions. I never said I knew you and I don't assume I know it all. I am sure you love and care about the people in your life but apparently your dark side allows you to label people you don't know "monsters" without any first hand knowledge of their circumstances. I doubt Reish thought she was a "monster" as he knocked her up and married her or even after he called the police after their fight. We are all human, with all the blessings and pitfalls that comes with that. Yes, she killed her child and that was a monstrous thing to do but that doesn't make her any more a monster than our Presidents when they blow up equally innocent children with drones and bombs. Do you also label them "monsters"? But back to my question, "Do you think it is proper for the Patch to remove posts just because they don't like the content?" You seem to be big on "facts" so let me know in fact what you think, a simple yes or no is all it takes.
jjinla October 23, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Would it really matter if I made up a screen name based on a historical character, as you did? How about if I said my name was Terry Brown? You don't know one nor have any way of knowing that it's my real name unless I'm notable in the community, so what is your point? You often like to jump into arguments passing all kind of judgement on other poster or the editor, yet offer very little of your own opinion. If you have something to say about the victim or her supporters, by all means say it. Frankly, all you've had anything to say anything about is me and LD and it's gotten a bit tiresome.
Stefani Kim October 23, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Hi Conrad, It is my understanding that Dr. Reish and Maneula were never married. Best, Stefani
Conrad Heyer October 23, 2012 at 02:20 AM
jjjinia, I completely agree about the names. On sites like this where you post anonymously we don't even know if Luis Quiros is Luis Quiros but I expect he is because I have heard him speak and the writer sounds just like him. I do find it ironic that you accuse me of being judgmental and you would make that criticism. Being judgmental is part and parcel of comment sections like this. Do you remember this comment of yours "Your son was drunk and drove into a police officer that told him to stop. This family, the son of the crazy knife-wilding ex-Marine (Chamberlain?)," Two very questionable police shootings but you have judged that the victims deserved to die. I thought I had clearly expressed my opinion. It is my opinion that this was a tragedy. It is my opinion that anyone who kills their child is emotionally disturbed, It is my opinion that calling mentally disturbed people "monsters" is wrong. It is my opinion that none of us will ever know what drove her to act as she did. It is my opinion that it is important to try and learn something from every act such as this. I understand you have very different opinions and you probably don't agree with me, so be it, I don't find disagreement tiresome. I find speaking into an echo chamber tiresome.
Conrad Heyer October 23, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Thanks Stefani, I didn't realize that.
Conrad Heyer October 23, 2012 at 11:02 AM
LD, thank you for finally agreeing that the Patch should not arbitrarily delete readers comments. Now that we have that settled I would ask that you stop making up things I said in order to criticize me. I never said I knew Quiros, I said I had heard him speak. He is a fixture in local communities and often speaks at public forums. I have never met him. I never said I know you, all I know is what you write and I believe it is permissible for me to comment on your own words. if you care about "people in General" are you as equally disturbed and suffering from sleepless nights when Pakistani babies are blown up by drone attacks and children in their neighborhoods grow up in constant fear of it happening to them?
jjinla October 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM
I called you out for being judgemental to other posters and the editor (although I'll save the exercise of cutting and posting your comments as it's a silly argument) while adding nothing to the topic itself. Don't even get me started on the other two you mentioned...I didn't said that they deserved to die but when they either a- drove into a cop while drunk or b - went after a cop with was it a knife?...their families don't deserve one penny. Clearly you are most content living in the grey area of life. I prefer to see things more in black and white. That's not going to change on this forum
jjinla October 24, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Well I will say that the 'drone' comment did absolutely come from Q's playbook so I think the same. However, since Conrad seems to know so much about mental illness, perhaps he can specify which one allows you to thouroghly research the "most peacefull" ways to kill a child, order the helium tank online and wait for it to arrive, and then execute the murder all while carrying on a normal life such that when you do finally commit murder, nobody could have seen it coming. This was calculated. Well researched. It's not like she snapped and drove off a pier in a psychotic break. A jury will think the same...although I have no idea why she's being tried on 2nd degree vs. 1st.
Serenity October 24, 2012 at 09:23 PM
We all don't handle stress n depression the same way, I'm not saying what she did was right, but none of us lived with her to experience what she was going through... And also to make it clear she did try and kill herself but she fail at it. I think that's enough punishment for her.. Having to carry that for the rest of her life... .
Conrad Heyer October 26, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Wow, that is so deep dude! Are you a psychiatrist too?
Conrad Heyer October 26, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Spelling is different from grammar. If you don't care about people not understanding what your write, don't worry about the grammar. Just keep rambling on.
Conrad Heyer October 26, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Dude! You're asking jjinia to explain the law to you. LOL Try and get some rest!


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