PICTURED: First-grade girl, 7, ‘drowned by her mom inside $1.8M family home in murder-suicide’


A seven-year-old girl apparently drowned by her mother in a tragic murder-suicide will be laid to rest in Connecticut this Friday. 

The lifeless body of Layla Malon was discovered Thursday afternoon inside her family’s $1.8 million home in Westport – one of the most affluent towns in the United States. 

Officers also discovered the body of her mom, 46-year-old Tracy Do, who had  ‘sharp-force injuries’ to her torso and had seemingly died by suicide. 

Investigators believe Do drowned little Layla before taking her own life amid a bitter dispute with her ex-partner over their multi-million dollar mansion. 

In an obituary published on Monday, Layla was remembered as bringing ‘smiles, laughter and happiness to all around her’.

The first-grader, who was a student at Coleytown Elementary, also ‘loved and admired her big sissy Alexis and was her Daddy’s little girl’.  

A private burial service will take place in Westport on Friday morning. 

The lifeless body of Layla Malon was discovered last Thursday afternoon inside her family’s $1.8 million home in Westport – one of the most affluent towns in the United States

Officers also discovered the body of Layla's  mom, 46-year-old Tracy Do, who had 'sharp-force injuries' to her torso and had seemingly died by suicide.

Officers also discovered the body of Layla’s  mom, 46-year-old Tracy Do, who had ‘sharp-force injuries’ to her torso and had seemingly died by suicide. 

Connecticut State Police are pictured at the mansion last Thursday evening

Connecticut State Police are pictured at the mansion last Thursday evening

The tragedy came amid a bitter property battle between Do and with her ex Eric John Malon. 

The former couple, who never married, had been due before a remote court hearing last Friday morning. 

They broke up back in 2018 and shared two children together: seven-year-old Layla and 13-year-old Alexis, who was not hurt during last week’s tragedy. 

Do lived with her two daughters in the 4,457 square-foot home, located on a leafy, private road. 

The three-story mansion, which last sold for $515,000 in July of 2010, according to public records, has the current market value is $1,768,000, CT Post reported.  

In October, Do sued Malon custody of their two children, and said that she worked for his company for years without being properly compensated.

She also claimed Malon promised a Westport home for her and her children when the relationship ended.

In April, Malon tried to have Do evicted from the mansion, claiming she didn’t pay a required $10,000 in rent. 

Do and her ex-partner, Eric John Malon, were locked in a bitter battle over the pricey property

Do and her ex-partner, Eric John Malon, were locked in a bitter battle over the pricey property

Westport is one of the five richest towns in one of America’s five richest counties, according to the New York Times

One local police officer told Fox 61 that the incident was a rare occurrence in the upper-class neighborhood. 

‘Fortunately things like that do not happen in Westport,’ he said. ‘It’s a tragedy, our hearts go out to the family and it is devastating for the community and the family, of course.’    

A neighbor told the CT Post that the family was known for their impressive Christmas decorations.

‘They looked to be a very happy family,’ Mark Kratter said. ‘They had a very well manicured home with extensive Christmas decorations that populated the entire lawn on a 2-acre lot.’ 

Court records show that the mansion may have been part of a bitter battle between Do and her ex-partner and father of the two children who lived there

Court records show that the mansion may have been part of a bitter battle between Do and her ex-partner and father of the two children who lived there



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