DA: Woman Found Dead In Her Home; Husband Hospitalized


Office of District Attorney Joseph D. Early, Jr.
Worcester County (Middle District)
Worcester County Courthouse
225 Main St. G301 Worcester, MA 01608

April 12, 2016

GRAFTON — A small girl, found alone this morning on a busy street, led police to her house where her mother was found dead and her father was bleeding from a neck wound, according to Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early.

At 6:11 a.m. Grafton police officer Thomas Michniewicz was driving on Worcester Street when he spotted a small girl walking alone on the side of the road. He immediately called for assistance and Sgt. James Crosby came to the scene and both police officers attempted to find out the child’s name and residence.

After asking her several questions they ascertained the girl’s mother’s name and the officers brought her back to her house at 55 Worcester St.

Shortly there after, the officer observed a man on the floor of house’s kitchen with what appeared to be a knife protruding from his neck. The police officers continued to search the house and found Kelly Sugarman, 36, deceased on the floor in her bedroom.

It was then determined that the man, who was still clutching the knife in his neck, was Michael Sugarman, 42, the deceased’s husband. He was treated at the scene for the knife wound and was brought to an area hospital where he remains. There is no update on his condition.

“Keeping in mind we are early in the investigation, the appropriate charges will be forthcoming,” Mr. Early said. “The medical examiner has accepted the case and an autopsy will determine the cause and manner of Ms. Sugarman’s death.”

The young girl was brought to an area hospital for evaluation and has been released to the Department of Children and Families.

Grafton Police, the State Police Detectives assigned to the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office are investigating with assistance from the, State Police Crime Scene Services, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Med Star Ambulance also was actively involved as well.

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