Mom murdered by abusive ex, body stuffed in fridge [Reports] – Online crime
A Rhode Island man was arrested on Tuesday after his ex-girlfriend’s body was allegedly discovered in a refrigerator.
Providence police reportedly found Sherbert Maddox, 40, dead while responding to an apartment in Elmwood on Tuesday. Police believe Maddox’s ex-boyfriend Nathan Cooper, 53, shot Maddox with a stolen .38 caliber Smith & Wesson that was seized with a rifle, according to The Providence Journal.
Cooper was reportedly present during Tuesday’s search that resulted in the discovery of Maddox’s body. Police declined to say what drove them home. However, Maddox’s uncle said he called 911 on Tuesday.
“I was at work and got a call from a friend of mine who said your niece might be in trouble,” he told WJAR. “We called the police and sure enough she was upstairs wrapped in a fridge.”
Police Maj. David Lapatin said Maddox’s body was wrapped in plastic and blankets, according to the Boston Globe.
Maddox’s daughter and mother told the Providence Journal that Maddox did not live at the house where her body was found. WJAR reported that Maddox resided in the apartment at one point.
Although there are no records of police calls involving the couple, family and friends have described Cooper as violent.
“Our investigation shows that he has had violent tendencies towards her in the past,” Lapatin said.
Maddox was reportedly killed as early as Sunday. An autopsy is pending.
The Boston Globe reported that Cooper is a felon with prior drug and domestic violence convictions. He was out on bail in three drug cases at the time of his arrest.
Cooper is charged with domestic murder, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm without a license. He remains incarcerated without bail.
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[Featured image: Sherbert Maddox/Facebook; Nathan Cooper/Providence Police Department]