DA: Woman facing strangulation, assault charges after mother found dead in Somerville apartment

SOMERVILLE, Mass. — A Somerville woman was called to court Thursday after she allegedly strangled her mother, whose body was found in an apartment building.

April Monroe, 48, is charged with strangulation and assault and battery on a person over 60 causing serious bodily injury in the death of her mother, 73-year-old Gail Gasperini, of East Boston, according to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators responding to Monroe’s Summer Street apartment on May 28 found Gasperini dead inside. Authorities say Gasperini was reported missing by her husband after she had gone to visit her daughter and never returned.

Somerville police arrived at the apartment and found the victim already deceased, according to officials.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner says the injuries to the victim are consistent with an assault, although a ruling on the cause and manner of death has not been made.

The investigation remains ongoing and officials say additional charges may be filed.

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