“She didn’t deserve any of this”: Grieving neighbors mourn slain mother and daughter

Posted at 9:46 PM, Jan 29, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-29 21:56:10-05

Who would kill a mother, and her 3-year old daughter in their home…and why?  Detectives are working to answer those questions Tuesday night on West Palisade Avenue in Englewood, NJ, after the two bodies were

Tanisha Pugh says she went to school with Tammy Pitts Gaddy, and says the 40-year old Englewood woman lived for her little one – named  Natasia.

“It’s a sad situation. She didn’t deserve any of this. And she wasn’t even that type of a person for anything like this to happen to her,” Pugh said.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli says this does not appear to be a random crime.

“We believe it is someone that she knew. There was a response by Englewood police to the scene based upon a reported burglary. We do have several people that we know had access to the apartment. And I do believe it was someone that she did know,” said Molinelli.


The mother suffered multiple stab wounds.

Police say her young daughter Natasia died of asphyxiation — adding  a black garbage bag was found near her body.

“I’d rather not get into what testimony we have from neighbors and witnesses. But we have reason to believe there was some prior issues inside the apartment,” said Englewood Police Chief Arthur O’Keefe.

Pugh says it’s bad enough that her high school friend had to die so tragically, but can’t fathom why anyone would want to take the life of a young child.

“You’re lost for words in this situation like this. So the only thing you can do in this situation is pray. And I send my condolences to the Pitts family and the Gaddy family,” said Pugh.