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Teaneck Man Charged in Englewood Double Murder

Man smothered 5-year-old girl to death after she witnessed her mother's murder, according to authorities.

A 34-year-old Teaneck man stabbed his girlfriend to death and smothered her 5-year-old daughter with a plastic bag after the child witnessed her mother's grisly murder in Englewood, authorities said Wednesday. 

Prosecutors charged Michael C. Brady, a custodian working for a private company at Leonia Middle School, in the killings of Englewood resident Tam Marie “Tammy” Pitts-Gaddy and her daughter, Natasia. Brady allegedly stabbed Gaddy, 40, multiple times during an argument early Monday. 

Gaddy and Brady had dated for about three years, and he was not the child's father, according to Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli. 

Gaddy's relatives confronted Brady Tuesday after they had not heard from her, Molinelli said. Brady went with the relatives to Gaddy's house on West Palisade Avenue. 

"Brady then went to the crime scene with the family members and acted as if he discovered the bodies when he entered through the window," Molinelli said in a statement. 

A passerby saw the group breaking into the house and called Englewood police, Molinelli said. Officers found Brady with two of the victim's family members.  

Molinelli said Gaddy was found dead in a first floor bedroom and her daughter found in a basement room. Police had responded to previous arguments at the apartment, according to Englewood Police Chief Arthur O'Keefe. It was not clear if they involved Brady or if any arrests had been made. 

The 5-year-old's cause of death was ruled as asphyxia from being smothered by the plastic bag, authorities said. Her mother's autopsy was not completed Wednesday, but she appeared to have died from "multiple stab wounds." 

Brady stayed at his parents' house in Teaneck when he wasn't with Gaddy, according to authorities. 

Brady's brother, Shawn, defended Michael in a Facebook message posted Tuesday after the bodies were found. 

"Everyone accusing my brother shut up. You dont know how much he has taught me about love," the message stated. 

"I'm so broken, I'm so confident in my brother and I hope he stays strong. I hope the law is fair to him because I don't want killers out running about. Tammy didn't deserve that, that baby didn't deserve that," another message posted late Wednesday said. 

Neighbors in Teaneck said they were shaken to hear a local had been charged in the brutal killings. One resident said Brady's family had lived in the area for many years. 

"It's scary, terrifying," said one township resident, who asked not to be identified. "You never know who's around the neighborhood."

In a letter sent to parents Wednesday, Leonia school officials said Brady worked the night shift through contractor Pritchard Industries and grief counselors would be brought in. 

Counselors were also made available in Englewood, where Natasia attended the Quarles Early Learning Center, a district spokeswoman said. 

Friends and neighbors in Englewood remembered Gaddy as a kind, giving woman who was seen around the neighborhood with her young daughter.

Roesha Hooks, 28, who said her mother was friends with Gaddy, stopped by the crime scene Wednesday to drop off a baby Jesus candle, lip gloss and a Minnie Mouse stuffed animal that she said reminded her of Natasia. 

"She was so dainty, so delicate," Hooks said.

Another woman, who gave her name as Kesha, said her daughter used to play with Gaddy's daughter, Natasia.

"[Gaddy] was with her daughter every single day," Kesha said. "There wasn't a day that you didn't see them together."

Brady, a Jamaican citizen who has lived in the United States since he was 10, faces two counts of murder, weapons possession and hindering apprehension charges, and was being held on $2 million bail at the Bergen County Jail. 

 

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tony g2010 March 16, 2013 at 04:17 AM
America...America.....God Shed His Light on Thee....No innocent person gets $2,000,000 bail Tell you what..if your brother beats the rap, then I will pay for his flight back to Jamaica. Funny took you almost 2 months to reply.
America March 17, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Tony, that's the only reply I wanted from you. lol When my brother gets out I want you to pay for my whole immediate families flight. Also, if you think there has not been at least ONE innocent person to go through a situation like this, you are about to experience the phrase, "A first time for everything". I again don't want to argue with you, I just want you to wait for this trial as if you wanted everything to go in your favor and all the proof as to why you are right has to be hidden to make sure everything is safe for when the judge evaluates it. Be that patient and confident. If you don't think you know about the situation that well, save up your money. Who said it took me 2 months? lol You are as blind to my posting as you are to this situation. I've posted the most here, probably was even mocking you this whole time. It's funny how much you know versus how much is the truth... probably even pretended to take your side to make you look even more ignorant than you had planned to look. lol you're a pawn kid, keep your money I am here for the justice
America March 17, 2013 at 04:29 AM
I am, only God should make a life or death decision on someone else's behalf and if it has not been done by him then it shall not be done by my decision just as it has not been by my brother. He loved that little girl, always drove around with her, she loved him. lol don't feel im attacking you because i am not. you havent said anything directly about my brother. I'd hope you didn't believe everything you have read
Veritas April 02, 2013 at 05:15 AM
I've known Mike for years and he is a respectable hard-working guy,... a gentle person who was raised right by loving parents and taught moral values. I believe the man is innocent until proven guilty and the trial will verify this. Don't pass judgement on him because of where he hails from... let justice pass judgement.
America April 02, 2013 at 01:35 PM
Thank you

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