Rhode Island

Rhode Island Woman Killed; Boyfriend in Custody

Police say a Rhode Island woman has been found dead in her Providence home and her boyfriend is charged in the killing.

Police say 34-year-old Louis Matta stabbed 33-year-old Rachael Rene on Tuesday morning then went to police headquarters to turn himself in.

The couple had an 8-month-old child, who was in the apartment at the time but was unharmed. The baby is now in the custody of state child welfare officials.

Police say they had a strained relationship and Rene had taken out a restraining order against Matta.

Matta was ordered to be held without bail during his arraignment on a murder charge Wednesday. It could not be determined if he has a lawyer.

The death was the city's second homicide of the year.

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