A 34-year-old Bergen County school custodian has been arrested in the murders of his girlfriend, an Englewood mother, and her 5-year-old daughter, whom he smothered when the child witnessed her mother’s stabbing death, authorities said Tuesday.
Michael C. Brady, of Teaneck, was arrested for the deaths that shook the New Jersey community Monday.
Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said Brady fought with Tam Marie Pitts-Gaddy that morning, eventually stabbing her to death. The DA said he killed the daughter, Natasha – smothering her with a plastic bag — after she witnessed the murder.
Authorities said Pitts-Gaddy’s family confronted Brady about her whereabouts, and when he escorted them to her home, he acted as though he were shocked by the deaths.
Brady and Pitts-Gaddy had dated for three years, and Brady had lived in the apartment from time to time.
Brady, a citizen of Jamaica who has lived in the U.S. since he was a child, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and third degree hindering apprehension. Bail is set at $2 million. He will be in court Thursday at 1:30 p.m.