The widow of ABC News producer Dax Tejera says he WAS monitoring his children in a New York hotel before the arrest

Dax Tejera and his wife had left their two young daughters alone in a hotel room and were heading out to New York City when he collapsed to his death in the street.

The 37-year-old ABC News anchor suffered a heart attack two days before Christmas while enjoying an evening with his wife Veronica while their children, aged five months and two, were alone at the Yale Club in Manhattan.

Veronica, 33, who rode in the ambulance with Tejera to the hospital, was later arrested by NYPD and charged with two counts of “acting in a manner injurious to a child.”

Police said the children were “left alone inside a hotel room for an extended period of time.” Veronica, a senior producer for The Washington Post, has insisted the couple “had two cameras trained” on the children while they slept, but admitted it was a “bad decision” to leave them alone.

The Tejeras are believed to have been a block from the Yale Club when Dax collapsed in the street and was rushed to the hospital.

Dax Tejera with his children and his wife Verónica, who was arrested for child endangerment hours after his death on December 23.

Dax Tejera with his children and his wife Verónica, who was arrested for child endangerment hours after his death on December 23.

Veronica Tejera was arrested by NYPD officers and charged with two counts of

Veronica Tejera was arrested by NYPD officers and charged with two counts of “acting in a manner injurious to a child” after her husband died of a heart attack.

It is not clear why the children were left alone and for exactly how long.

Veronica Tejera said: ‘My family and I are devastated by Dax’s sudden passing. He has left behind a heartbroken family and two daughters whom he loved with all his heart.

‘When Dax collapsed on December 23, I accompanied him in an ambulance to the hospital. I asked a close friend and my parents to rush to my children’s hotel room to attend to them while I monitored them with a camera. The hotel wouldn’t let my friend in and called the NYPD instead.

Tejera had worked at ABC since 2017, when he started as a senior producer in the network's Washington DC office.

Tejera had worked at ABC since 2017, when he started as a senior producer in the network’s Washington DC office.

“We had two cameras focused on my children while they slept, and I closely monitored them during the time I was away from them. While the girls were unharmed, I realize it was a bad decision.

Our family has suffered a terrible tragedy. I respectfully request privacy as my children and I mourn Dax’s passing.

Veronica has been charged with two counts of ‘acting in a manner detrimental to a child’. She was given a desk ticket that will require her to appear in court at a future date, police said.

Veronica was mourning with her late husband’s family on Monday night.

The family was celebrating the holidays in New York and had plans to visit friends and go to Rockefeller Center, it is understood.

New York police said they received a 911 call at 11 p.m. about “neglected children” at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue in Manhattan, home of the members-only Yale Club hotel.

They found that “a two-year-old girl and a five-month-old girl were left alone inside a hotel room for an extended period of time.” PD did not identify the children, but their ages are the same as Tejera’s daughters.

The Yale Club is an exclusive club for Yale University alumni. It includes rooms ranging from economy studios to 556-square-foot luxury suites.

The Yale Club has luxurious rooms for weddings and private events, as well as a gym and a library.

Tejera with Katie Couric and Jorge Ramos at the Republican National Convention in 2016

Tejera with Katie Couric and Jorge Ramos at the Republican National Convention in 2016

Tejera with colleagues from ABC in a meeting with President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden

Tejera with colleagues from ABC in a meeting with President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden

Veronica’s LinkedIn currently lists her as a Senior Producer at the Washington Post, which she joined in October 2022. Prior to that, she spent nearly six years at CNN. Her profile indicates that her accomplishments there include producing an interview with President Joe Biden on The Lead with Jake Tapper.

Now he has launched a fundraiser for the Tejera Children’s College Fundraising Account 529. A link to the donations page, created through Fidelity Investments, is included in her Instagram bio.

The page reads: ‘Dax Tejera passed away suddenly, leaving 2-year-old Sofía and 6-month-old Ella without their father. Please support the girl’s education.’

Dax Tejera passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack. He has worked with George Stephanopoulos and Martha Raddatz, and recently traveled to London to contribute to the network’s coverage of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Verónica Tejera, who is accused of two counts of 'acting in a manner detrimental to a child', has asked for support to pay for her daughters' college savings plan after the tragic death of her husband, the producer of ABC News, Dax Tejera.

Verónica Tejera, who is accused of two counts of ‘acting in a manner detrimental to a child’, has asked for support to pay for her daughters’ college savings plan after the tragic death of her husband, the producer of ABC News, Dax Tejera.

In a memo to staff on Christmas Eve, ABC News President Kim Godwin said: “It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we share that our friend and colleague, Dax Tejera, passed away suddenly from a heart attack last night.”

‘Like the “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” EP, Dax’s energy, passion and love for that show, ABC News and you shone through every Sunday morning. That same love extended to his precious girls.

“Our thoughts are with his wife, Verónica, the couple’s two young daughters and the entire Tejera family.”

Colleagues also paid tributes on social media.

Good Morning America correspondent Gio Benitez said in a moving Instagram post: “As you celebrate Christmas Eve with your families, please keep the family of Dax Tejera in your thoughts and prayers.”

Tributes to the 37-year-old father of two on LinkedIn and social media after news of his death

Tributes to the 37-year-old father of two on LinkedIn and social media after news of his death

“He was the executive producer of This Week ABC, a friend to all of us, and most importantly, a loving husband to Veronica and a devoted father to two beautiful girls, Sofia and Ella.

“Dax was a champion for many at ABC News, leading the way in groundbreaking television specials.”

Benítez posted a photo of the couple at the White House, explaining that it had been taken after interviewing Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre “for a broadcast network Pride special, the first of its kind.”

‘We often connect because we are exactly the same age: 37. Too young to have left. We will miss you dearly, Dax. Good luck my friend,” Benítez wrote.

Cecilia Vega published her own tribute, writing next to a photo of Tejera: ‘Your smile. Your laughter. your dedication. Your deep love for Verónica and your beautiful daughters. Her pride in her work. The way you cared for the next generation and fought to pave the way for Latinos who were coming up.

‘The way you yourself broke down the barriers. The way he always encouraged me and believed in me. Your chic Miami style and the fact that even on the coldest days you never wore socks. Dax Tejera, you left too soon.

‘We will miss everything about you. Your family was so lucky to have you. Your legacy lives on in all those you stood up for and encouraged.’

Tejera had worked at ABC since 2017, when he started as a senior producer in the network’s Washington DC office.

He previously worked at NBC and earned degrees from Dartmouth and Columbia.

Author: Jay Dobariya

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