A 5-year-old girl who was found walking along a Grafton road in her pajamas early yesterday led police to her home, where they found her mother dead and her father alive — with a knife in his neck, prosecutors say.
Michael E. Sugarman, 42, who was taken to an area hospital, is expected to be charged in connection with the death of his 36-year-old wife, Kelly L. Sugarman, according to Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr.
“We do anticipate charges against him,” Early said. “It appears to be murder at this point.”
Officer Thomas Michniewicz was driving along Worcester Street shortly after 6 a.m., when he spotted the couple’s daughter walking alone in her pajamas, Early said.
“It appears she was walking to her preschool,” he said.
The girl led Michniewicz and Sgt. James Crosby about a block down the road to her home on Worcester Street, where the officers, finding the front door locked, forced their way in through a garage door, Early said.
On the second floor, they found Michael Sugarman in the kitchen, holding a knife that was protruding from his neck, and Kelly Sugarman dead on the bedroom floor, he said. An autopsy will determine the cause and manner of her death, Early said.
“We don’t know at this point what the girl did see or did not see,” he said. “She did say to the police officers in the vehicle that, ‘Mommy is sleeping, mommy is sick.’ ”
The girl was taken to an area hospital and released to the custody of the Department of Children and Families, Early said. Two cats were found uninjured in the house and were taken away by animal control, he said.
The Sugarmans had lived in the Grafton area for about nine years, Early said. Officers had never been called to their home in that time, said Grafton police Chief Normand A. Crepeau Jr.
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