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YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: A Leonia middle-school custodian stabbed his girlfriend dead, suffocated her 5-year-old daughter with a plastic bag because she saw the attack and then acted surprised when he joined a group of relatives in finding their bodies in the victims’ Englewood apartment, Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli said this afternoon.

Family members confronted Michael C. Brady, 34, of Teaneck, yesterday after not being able to reach 40-year-old Tam Marie “Tammy” Pitts-Gaddy, Molinelli said this afternoon in announcing Brady’s arrest on murder charges.

As a result, Brady accompanied them to Pitts-Gaddy’s home, where she lived with little Natasia, and “acted as if he discovered the bodies when he entered through the window,” he said.

“The ensuing investigation conducted by detectives of [Molinelli’s] Major Crimes Unit and the Englewood Police Department revealed the following: Tammy Pitts-Gaddy had been in a dating relationship with Michael Brady for the past three years,” the prosecutor said. “During that time he intermittently resided with her and Natasia, who was not his biological child.

“When not sleeping at Pitt-Gaddy’s Englewood residence, Brady stayed at his parent’s residence in Teaneck.

“It is alleged that during the early morning hours of Monday … Pitts-Gaddy and Brady had an altercation during which Michael Brady stabbed her,” Molinelli said. “It is believed the child witnessed the altercation and stabbing, and that Brady smothered her to death by holding a plastic bag over her head.

“He then fled the residence.”

  • YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: Investigators have been questioning a person of interest in the stabbing death of a 40-year-old Englewood woman and asphyxiation of her 5-year-old daughter, a law enforcement source with knowledge of the investigation told CLIFFVIEW PILOT tonight. READ MORE….

An autopsy of Pitts-Gaddy had not been fully completed, “but her cause of death appeared to be multiple stab wounds,” Molinelli said.

Natasia was killed by asphyxia with a plastic bag, the Bergen County Medical Examiner determined.

Brady, a citizen of Jamaica who has been in the U.S. since he was 10, is charged with two counts of 1st-degree murder, one count of weapons possession and one count of hindering apprehension.

He was being held on $2 million bail pending an appearance tomorrow before Presiding Superior Court Judge Liliana S. DeAvila-Silebi in Hackensack.

The 6-foot-1-inch, 210-pound Brady worked for Pritchard Industries and was assigned as a custodian to the Leonia Middle School, Molinelli said.

(The charges are the result of a joint investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit, under the direction of Chief Steven Cucciniello, and the Englewood Police Department under the direction of Chief Arthur O’Keefe, with the assistance of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Michael Saudino.)

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