Mother Facing Murder Charges in Death of Autistic Boy, 8, in Peninsula Hotel
By Gabriela Resto-Montero and Nicole Bode
A multi-millionare pharmaceutical executive is expected to be charged with second-degree murder in the death of her 8-year-old autistic boy in a five-star Midtown hotel, police said.
Gigi Jordan, 49, allegedly fed her son, Jordan Michael Mirra, an overdose of prescription pills and then tried to kill herself at the Hotel Peninsula Friday, the Daily News reported.
Police found the boy dead on the bed and Jordan laying unconscious on the floor beside him. She was recovering at Elmhurst Hospital Saturday.
Pills and papers were found littered around the hotel room, reportedly including a suicide letter in which Jordan described the years of suffering that her son had to endure, the Daily News reported.
"That poor baby, poor Jude," said a distraught Lisa Battaglia, whose husband Victor used to work for Jordan at one of her many pharmaceutical companies.
"He was autistic. He was her life. She did everything for him. Everything was around this child, she was doing research constantly, she was a nurse by trade and she had doctor contacts all over."
A relative in Belgium apparently called the police after the mother sent a terrifying email threatening to kill herself and the child, which led the NYPD to track him to the hotel room after first looking for the pair at their apartment at the Trump International Towers, on Central Park South.
Authorities had to force their way into the hotel room through a double-locked door and a chair that had been propped against it, police sources said.
"This is not the Gigi I knew," said Battaglia, who said she had not spoken to Jordan in years.
"She was so devoted to her son. Somehow she must have been overwhelmed. All I can think of is that she couldn't take it anymore and she thought no one could take care of her child. Knowing Gigi, I don't think that it was over a man or a divorce. I think this was over her child."
Jordan, a Belgium native who had lived all over the U.S., went to great lengths to become pregnant, succeeding in 2001 at age 40, friends said.
She enlisted the help of life coach Aleta St. James, sister of Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa, who made headlines in 2004 when she bore healthy baby twins at age 57.
"In the process of becoming pregnant, and throughout my pregnancy, Aleta helped awaken my spiritual connection to God,” Jordan wrote in a testimonial on St. James’ Web site.
"She taught me how to release my fear of losing something I really wanted and to allow myself to believe I would have it. I gave birth to a beautiful boy, and continue to use the skills and insights that Aleta has taught me, experiencing a greater depth of love and connectedness with my child."
St. James, who included Jordan in the acknowledgements of her 2005 book, "Life Shift: Let Go and Live Your Dream" said in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by this news."
Jordan struggled in the last few years with the break-up of her second marriage, the boy's father, said those close to her.
She had recently started up a new business, in keeping with a series of pharmaceutical companies she helped run alongside her first husband, the friend said.
"They say she didn't die," Battaglia said. "I don't know how she's going to live with herself after this."