ABC News executive producer Dax Tejera’s wife, Veronica, is facing two charges of child endangerment for leaving their 2-year-old and 5-month-old daughters unattended in their hotel room while they dined at a Manhattan restaurant — where Tejera died of a heart attack.
Veronica added she “had two cameras trained on my children as they slept” and “monitored them closely” while she was at the hospital with Dax. While she noted “the girls were unharmed,” she also wrote in her statement that her split-second decision was “a poor” one.
Police arrived to find “unattended children inside of 50 Vanderbilt Avenue,” an address that corresponds with The Yale Club hotel. Officers noted the children had been “left alone inside of a hotel room for an extended period of time.”
Dax and Veronica had left the hotel at 8 p.m. to join another couple at Bobby Van’s 230Park steakhouse around the corner, per the Post. Dax, 37, eventually collapsed outside. Veronica asked her friends to go check on the children while she joined her dying husband in the ambulance.
When her friends arrived at The Yale Club at 10 p.m., hotel staff reportedly called the police after learning the children were alone. Veronica was subsequently arrested and given a desk ticket, which essentially orders one to appear in criminal court at a later date, Variety reported.
The widowed mother now faces two counts of “acting in a manner injurious to a child” and is due in court on Jan. 12. She concluded Monday’s statement by noting her family “suffered a terrible tragedy” and asked for privacy “while my children and I mourn Dax’s death.”