Man accused of murdering wife inside home in Cotuit

BARNSTABLE, MA (WHDH) — A man was arrested after police said he murdered his wife at their home in Cotuit.

Christoper Fratantonio, 35, was arrested for the murder of his wife, 35-year-old Mary Fratantonio, according to the Cape and Islands District Attorney Office.

Officials said Barnstable police responded to the home on Trout Brook Road around 1:50 a.m. after receiving several calls regarding a violent crime which had taken place. Police said Mary Fratantonio’s body was found in the bedroom with multiple stab wounds. Their two young children were also in the house at the time, according to police.

Authorities believe the murder could be the result of a domestic dispute. Crime scene specialists from the Massachusetts State Police spent several hours at the home Tuesday morning.

Neighbors said Mary Fratantonio was an eighth grade teacher at Barnstable High School. They also said the two appeared to be a loving couple.

Investigators said the couple’s two young children have been released into the custody of their grandparents.

The incident is under investigation.

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