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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 January 31, 2013 at 04:29 PM
"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" So he is one of the 11 million that came to America as an immigrant child, worked hard in a school and earned his chance at citizenship....until he put a plastic bag around the head of a 5 year old girl until she was dead and stabbed the person he "loved" multiple times, until she was dead. It would warm my heart to see the Immigration Department pay a visit to his brother Shawn, after all "Everyone accusing my brother shut up. You dont know how much he has taught me about love.” Because if how he treated his woman and her daughter is any indication what he thought love was, then perhaps Shawn should be sent back to Jamaica if he is not a citizen either. “The time is now for real immigration reform”....yeah, let's see how this is going to work out.
PM January 31, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Liberal Teaneck people...oy. Your tax dollars will pay for this killers meals for years (while other children starve). Make sure he gets all the premium cable channels too. Now are you happy that corzine abolished the death penalty? The victims are always forgotten.
Revolution January 31, 2013 at 06:07 PM
he wasn'e even in the country legally. A Jamaican citizen since 10? Unreal
gonflo January 31, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Tony...how the hell you go from a man being accused of killing 2 people to immigration reform?? Just because he is Jamaican? Like "americans" don't kill... should we send the brotherof killer of Sandy Hook back to italy (Lanza is an italian name) just because he killed? That makes no sense....your comment is ignorant,
Quintin Jefferies January 31, 2013 at 09:24 PM
The only idiot making a comment about this situation is shimon baum, this person must know some people like this to have compassion for this murderer, seek therapy, sounds like you need plenty of it, this mother and child did not deserve this, I bet you would not feel this way if it had happened to your mother and sister you f---ing idiot!
Quintin Jefferies January 31, 2013 at 09:33 PM
This guy was known for having domestic instances with this woman so everyone close to this situation knows they have the right guy, he deserves to fry but he did his crime in NJ, he would fry if he were in FL.
tony g2010 January 31, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Ignorant? The story clearly states he is a citizen of Jamaica, it did not say he was a United States Citizen. Why did they point it out in the story? If he was living in Jamaica, he would not have been able to kill the women and child in Englewood, right? More than 50,000 American Citizens have been killed by Illegal immigrants since 9/11. That’s what the hell immigration reform has to do with a double murder of an innocent woman and her child in their own home. Even if he had a green card, the cops have been to that home before, he should have been deported and never had the opportunity to kill them. Where is the outrage?
kh February 01, 2013 at 12:12 AM
I still can't believe that they are gone and to think that the person she was with everyday and so in love with would do something so fuck up. and to his brother no one is going to shut up until the whole story comes out. I am going to miss you guys so much but the both of you are in a better place now.
None of your business February 01, 2013 at 05:54 AM
12:44 am on Friday, February 1, 2013 He didn't do it... Everybody just knows what the media is saying ..which if you do research there is 3 different stories and none of them are true some have little facts that are true but the whole story isn't true .. Everybody saying all this stuff about him .. I don't know if he did it.. Of what cuz he is the boyfriend? How can the dumb ass prosecutor or police say he came back to the residence and acted like he just found them dead and didn't know.. How would they know he was there before and came back.. How would they know he acted like he was surprised to find them only he would know if he really did do it.. Let him speak... His lawyer needs to buckle up and get this case cracking .. They need to give him a lie detector test and look up his done records.. And see where he was at the time of her death and add 2 and 2 together they will get the tight answer...he can be easily eliminated .
None of your business February 01, 2013 at 06:00 AM
His brother is a citizen and you don't know what they hell you are talking about it has nothing to do about him being Jamaican .. It's ur a citizen of another country and you are here that means ur a resident idiot.. And he was working at a school of course he has to be legal @sb I agree
gonflo February 01, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Tony....you sound so damn racist... I really hope you are not my neighbor.
tony g2010 February 02, 2013 at 01:06 AM
I am outraged that he butchered a mother and put a plastic bag over a five year old girl’s head until she was dead, if that is racist to you, then you are not particularly bright.
gonflo February 02, 2013 at 01:24 AM
I think you are outraged they were killed...but you're more outraged that an immigrant did it.. like american citizens don't kill!
Lol this guy tryna tell me bout da story February 03, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Tony, You're outraged because you don't understand why things happen. You're arguing with someone who was taught the art of what you are reading. lol who are you again? So what are you angry about? Immigrants or someone being killed? The media is correct 100% of the time now? Now you are calling the system stupid ? By all means skip the educational process. The system knows how to approach this situation. you have an nj patch CERTIFICATE LMAO. I would listen to gonflo, none of your business, or joshua frausty before this article. Trust me, you know nothing about this topic, so instead of saying nothing you say the most negative thing about the guy? The guy who broke into a house to find his ex girl friend because her family asked him to go in for them because they were scared. Cmon now! The guy goes in and you say he only did it because he wanted to fake not knowing she was killed. Cmon now, what if he said, "NO!" she wouldve been like, "ooooh he killed her because he couldnt even check on her." what was he to do? Tony if you were innocent in this situation, i wouldnt give you trial. Not because i dont want you to have every single right you deserve but because you just stated you didnt want one because you're a immigrant like your parents. Just watch the trial thats the only truth you'll have. Comment later. Or you can pretend to not believe in the trial and be a slave to your own hypocritical mind.
shimon baum February 05, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Not sure where the anger is coming from since I didn't comment on anything you said nor did I say anything that was stupid. Always nice to meet a fan though. Where did you get the stupid idea that I had any compassion for this scumbag? It's called sarcasm if you missed it.
America March 15, 2013 at 06:13 PM
lol you're the only one that cares if I am a citizen? Why don't you come figure it out? lol you and my brother have no relationship so you should not even have a comment and if it were for the news, I would say this is none of your business. But it is and all I can say is come visit awhile, we'll throw you on the visiting list so you can talk to my brother and then you can tell us if that guy sitting there is really a killer. lol if you oppose stay quiet like you should have.
America March 15, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Jamaican citizen since birth, american resident before age 10. See how the news fails you, stop reading it.
America March 15, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Is that correct? Then why is it that he wasn't arrested until now? The news will fail you, stop reading it.
America March 15, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Thank you.
tony g2010 March 15, 2013 at 07:05 PM
I hope the look on that little girl's face haunts your brother til the day he dies
tony g2010 March 15, 2013 at 07:10 PM
Resident not citizen....details, details
America March 16, 2013 at 02:46 AM
I never said he was a citizen, the source you believe in soo much did. I just corrected it, so details details yourself because he's here legally and you were wrong too.... soooo detail details that.
America March 16, 2013 at 02:48 AM
It will, but because someone else was as ignorant as you to take a life without rationality. Why do you think my brother did it anyway? Do you even know where he was that whole day?
America March 16, 2013 at 02:50 AM
he as is? You don't even know who did it and you're angry at random people.
America March 16, 2013 at 03:15 AM
After we learn to catch the right people
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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