‘Mommy is sleeping’: 5-year-old wandering streets leads police to deceased mother

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 8:21 AM

It was just after six a. m. Wednesday when an officer spotted her and asked her what was wrong. "Mommy is sleeping, mommy is sick," she told police.

‘Mommy is sleeping’: 5-year-old wandering streets leads police to deceased mother

Still in her pajamas, a 5-year-old girl was found walking alone down a active Str in Grafton, Mass., a town not distant from Worcester.

It was just after six a. m. Wednesday when an officer spotted her and asked her what was wrong.

"Mommy is sleeping, mommy is sick," she told police.

Her parents were at home – her father in the kitchen clutching a knife that was stuck in his neck, her mother lifeless on the bedroom floor.

Worcester District Attorney Joseph Early told reporters that the "bright small girl" led officers to the house, where they found her father, 42-year-old Michael Sugarman, who was still lively and is expected to be charged in connection with the death of the girl'south mother, 36-year-old Kelly Sugarman.

"Keeping in mind we're early in the investigation, the appropriate charges will be forthcoming," Early said in a statement. "The medical examiner has accepted the case and an autopsy will define the cause and manner of Ms. Sugarman's death."

On Thursday, Michael Sugarman appeared in Westborough District Ct dressed in a hospital gown and pleaded not guilty to assault and battery, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors said they map to charge him with murder.

Although the motive is unclear, authorities told the news agency that it appears the couple had been fighting about their finances.

Neighbors said Michael Sugarman worked in construction and Kelly Sugarman was a stay-at-home mom, according to ABC affiliate WCVB.

Authorities said Grafton police officer Thomas Michniewicz spotted the girl walking alone along the side of Worcester Str early Wednesday.

"She was just running and there was number parent around, number adults around," Jackie Costello, a neighbor, told WCVB. "I didn't know if she was running from one house to another, so I just watched her for a tiny bit and nobody came out."

Authorities said the family hadn't lived in the residence very long, so officers had to work with the girl to discover out where to go.

When they arrived, they stumbled upon the grisly scene.

"The officer observed a man on the floor of house'south kitchen with what appeared to be a knife protruding from his neck," a police statement said. Kelly Sugarman, the statement added, was "deceased on the floor in her bedroom."

"We don't know at this point what the girl did look or didn't see," Early, the district attorney, said at a news conference, according to the Boston Herald.

Authorities said Michael Sugarman was taken to a nearby hospital.

The 5-year-old girl was also taken to a hospital for evaluation, then released to the Dept of Children and Families.

It was, the district attorney said, "a tough day" for everyone involved.

"You got a 5-year-old on the side of the road presently who doesn't have a mother," he said.

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