Police say around 2:30 Friday morning a neighbor called 9-1-1 to report a frightening family fight going on next door.
"The neighbor reported hearing loud screams and thought it was domestic violence situation," explained Major Ed Ledo, Vermont State Police.
When troopers arrived they forced their way into the home through a screen and found 32-year-old Kristen Parker dead inside. The Rutland native's boyfriend and the couple's three young children were also home with the woman's body.
Police believe Parker's boyfriend, 35-year-old Christopher Sharrow, of Pittsford killed her. He's being held without bail charged, with second degree murder.
"Mr. Sharrow was taken into custody at the scene without incident and transported to the Rutland barracks," explained Ledo.
Police say Sharrow has a criminal past -- charged lewd and lascivious conduct, drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident -- but nothing violent. Nor did the couple have a known history of domestic violence according to police.
Investigators would not say how the mother of three was murdered. They're waiting on autopsy results from the medical examiner's office.
The children -- all younger than 8 -- were not hurt during the incident and are now being cared for by family members.
Police are using this tragedy to warn other abuse victims about the deadly dangers of domestic violence.
"During the course of this year we've had four homicides. These homicides have occurred in the last four weeks. Three of the four homicides are related to domestic violence," Ledo said.
Authorities say in the last 18 years -- half of all homicides in Vermont were domestic violence related -- 112 in all.
"So if you are in a dangerous relationship and want help contact the Vermont State Police at your local barracks, your local police agency or Sheriff's department or contact the Vermont Network Against Domestic violence and sexual violence at 1-800-ABUSE-95," Ledo stressed.
Sharrow is facing second degree murder. He'll be arraigned in Rutland on Monday. Parker's autopsy is scheduled for Saturday.
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