Teachers and staff at the Weymouth preschool where 4-year-old Rebecca Riley was a student testified Friday that they didn’t meet her father until the day the little girl died. When they did, he was chatty and laughing, they testified during Michael Riley’s murder trial.

Teachers and staff at the Weymouth preschool where 4-year-old Rebecca Riley was a student testified Friday that they didn’t meet her father until the day the little girl died.


When they did meet Michael Riley, he was “chatty” and told them his daughter had died after choking on her own vomit, said Victoria Silberstein, the principal at Weymouth’s Elden Johnson Early Childhood Center. She and other school employees testified Friday in Michael Riley’s murder trial in Plymouth Superior Court.


Carolyn Riley, Michael’s wife and Rebecca’s mother, is serving a life sentence in prison for second-degree murder. A jury convicted her last month of killing Rebecca in 2006. Michael Riley’s trial began Monday.


Rebecca died Dec. 13, 2006. In February 2007, her parents were charged with first-degree murder after, prosecutors allege, they killed her with an overdose of the drug Clonidine, which a psychiatrist had prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


On Friday, Silberstein testified that she met Michael Riley for the first time on the day that Rebecca died. She told jurors that the couple arrived at the school asking for a picture of their daughter and to collect her things. The school principal repeated testimony she first gave during Carolyn Riley’s trial, namely that she watched from a window as the couple walked to a car in the school parking lot and “laughed and walked away” after meeting with her and other staff.


Patriot Ledger writer Lane Lambert may be reached at llambert@ledger.com.