Sunday, June 16, 2024

A Somerville police vehicle March 30. (Photo: Marc Levy)

A Somerville woman has been charged with attacking her mother after the 73-year-old was found dead inside a Summer Street apartment on Sunday.

That’s the night the victim, Gail Gasperini, 73 of East Boston, was reported missing by her husband, who indicated Gasperini had gone to visit her daughter and never returned. Police went to the daughter’s apartment at around 9:55 p.m, and found the older woman dead, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Somerville Chief of Police Charles Femino said Thursday.

During an autopsy the next day, a medical examiner reported seeing injuries to the body consistent with an assault.

April Monroe, 48, of a unit between Harvard and Central streets, faces allegations of strangulation and assault and battery on a person over 60 causing serious bodily injury. She was due to be arraigned Thursday in Somerville District Court.