Mother kills her 4-year-old after child's father reunites with former wife

Manuela Maria Morgado  
By: Debbi Gross 

A New York mother killed her little boy before attempting to commit suicide after the child’s father reunited with his former wife, according to reports.

The Westchester County woman, caught in a custody battle over her 4-year-old son, killed the child before a failed suicide attempt in her suburban condominium, authorities said.

A dejected Manuela Maria Morgado was found semi-conscious and strangling the child's dead body when police arrived at her home Monday morning. The police were called by a nervous family member, and found the mother and son Jason inside a room on the third floor, officials said.

Morgado, 46, tried to take an overdose of pills after taking the life of her son, a source told the news media. Authorities did not say how the mother killed the child. Morgado was charged with second-degree murder, who apparently left suicide notes in the house.

The distraught father, Manhattan sports orthopedist Dr. Timothy Reish, came to the home Monday afternoon after the gruesome discovery by police. Reish, 43, was involved in what looked like a fairly run-of-the-mill legal battle over the child before the mother's murderous collapse, officials said.
There was no evidence of a threat to the child during the custody battle, authorities said.

Morgado, after an initial assessment at Sound Shore Medical Center in New Rochelle, was indicted in Mamaroneck Village Court and jailed pending a court date Thursday. A neighbor said the child and mother were nice people who never bothered anyone in the apartment building. The child’s father has recently reunited with his former wife, according to police.