Victim's Grandparents Seek Custody of 5-Year-Old After Mother Killed, Father Arrested

Kelly Sugarman was found dead inside her home on Wednesday

The father of a woman found dead in her home Wedneday in Grafton, Massachusetts, says his daughter was "the greatest mother in the world."

Kelly Sugarman, 36, was found dead an in upstairs bedroom. Her husband, 42-year-old Michael Sugarman, was found injured with an apparent self-inflicted stab wound to the neck.

The investigation began when their 5-year-old daughter was seen walking down the street alone in her pajamas.

Off-camera, Kelly Sugarman's father told necn he's "heartbroken" at the loss of his only child. But now, he's focusing on his granddaughter.

The girl is in DCF custody now, but her maternal grandparents are working to get custody of her.

Michael Sugarman is charged with assault and battery on a family member, though prosecutors had previously indicated he would be charged with murder. He appeared for his arraignment in Westborough District Court on Thursday afternoon in his hospital gown.

"Mommy is sleeping. Mommy is sick," the child reportedly told police.

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Kelly Sugarman and Michael Sugarman

Michael Sugarman was taken to the hospital. It is not clear if he has hired an attorney.

The child was also examined at a hospital and later released into state custody.

The exact cause and manner of Kelly Sugarman's death has not yet been determined.

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