Mom Accused of Killing 4-Year-Old Son After Bitter Custody Battle (VIDEO)

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manuela morgadoA 4-year-old boy has become the victim of a custody battle between two divorced parents. Mom Manuela Morgado allegedly asphixiated her son, Jason Riesh, before attempting suicide herself. She was found at her home in a catatonic state, cradling her lifeless son's body. The father, Dr. Timothy Reish, is a prominent orthopaedic surgeon who treats athletes. Reish had been fighting to win custody of Jason, but now he has lost his son forever.

Apparently no one saw this coming. Morgado was under stress, though. She had filed for bankruptcy and owed various banks about $12,000. She was also behind in her mortgage payments. But other than that, she had been "upbeat," according to one neighbor. Another said, "Her son was her world and she loved him so much ... She was the mother of all mothers and she would do anything for him."

A family member found Morgado when she arrived at 10:00 a.m. to help her move. As far as anyone is saying, there was nothing to indicate that Morgado would do anything this drastic.

It is believed that Reish was seeking custody on account of Morgado's financial troubles. But I can't believe that's the whole story. And I wonder if that's all that was behind the death of her son and her attempted suicide (she left notes behind). I know custody battles can be bitter. This one must have been positively toxic. Poor Jason -- stuck in the middle! If it was bad enough to lead to murder and suicide, it must have been incredibly acrimonious, and no doubt hard on Jason, too. When parents are this out of control, it's the kids who suffer the most.

Morgada has been charged with second-degree murder -- and she's had a psychiatric evaluation at Sound Shore Medical Center. But whatever led to this horrifying incident, I feel for Jason's family.

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Mrscj... Mrscjones

Because she's an awful woman who wanted to hurt the man that is leaving her. So tired of all the excuses for killing kids.

nonmember avatar Gretta

Agree with Mrscjones

nonmember avatar Janie M

To me, this father was obviously hoping to erase Morgado from his son's life. He made a mistake by leaving his wife, then changed his mind and thought he could just erase it by removing this person - the boy's mother - from his life. Was she planning to live alone and support this child alone? Probably not. He'd actually divorced his wife. So once he changes his mind, he preys upon the future of poverty he created by having a child with her and leaving her and expects to buy his way out. I don't condone what she did, but is this not a trick we've seen far too often. Now she gets all the blame. Threatened Mother Syndrome is real. Time for a change.

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