Veronica Tejera, the widow of a murdered producer at ABC News, was arrested and charged with harming her children after she reportedly left their two-year-old and five-month-old daughters alone in a hotel room.
Veronica Tejera is coming out after she was falsely accused of endangering her kids.
E! News reported on January 4 that Veronica Tejera, the wife of murdered ABC News reporter Dax Tejera, has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child by the New York Police Department.
According to a message from network president Kim Godwin, Dax, 37, had a heart attack on December 23. Dax was in charge of producing George Stephanopoulos’s This Week.
Veronica told Entertainment Tonight on January 3 that she and her husband had abandoned their two little daughters, aged 2 and 5 months, in a hotel room that night.
Around 11 p.m., police responded to a 911 call concerning “unattended children,” and after an investigation, “the mother was put in prison and prosecuted,” as reported by E! News.
The events of that night will be recounted from Veronica’s point of view. She told ET that on December 23, Dax “collapsed,” and she “escorted him in an ambulance to the hospital.” “So that I could keep an eye on my kids from a distance, I had a friend and my parents come to the hotel to look after them. After the hotel personnel refused to let my friend in, he had to call the police.”
The 33-year-old man elaborated, “Two cameras pointing towards the kids’ beds allowed me to watch them when I couldn’t be there myself. Though the females made it out without a scratch, I see now that my actions were stupid.”
The loss of Veronica’s husband was a “sad tragedy,” she said.
“My family and I were completely shocked by Dax’s death,” she said. The people he leaves behind are heartbroken, especially his two children, whom he cherished.
Coworkers at ABC were very saddened by his departure, and many expressed their sorrow through online condolences.
Jim Avila, ABC News senior national correspondent, called Dax a “groundbreaking” executive producer. Among the first Latinos to reach the executive producer level at ABC, as Twitter user Jim pointed out. “He was around during my tenure at both Fusion and ABC. Always there to help, and consistently high-quality. When he leaves, he will fill a space in my heart. Consider his small family in your prayers.”