NARRAGANSETT, R.I. (WPRI) - Police investigating a theft at a Narragansett church stumbled upon a much more gruesome crime. They say Robert Taylor of Narragansett killed and dismembered his own mother then discarded her remains in a dumpster.
Robert M. Taylor, 45, was arraigned Wednesday on a charge of domestic murder. In court, the victim was identified as 65-year-old Allison Taylor, the suspect's mother.
Officers were on the scene near 130 Caswell Street for more than 12 hours Tuesday . Police said the initial investigation was in connection with a larceny complaint, but changed focus when the first officer on scene became suspicious of Taylor's behavior.
According to the affidavit, when police arrived on scene they began to question Taylor about his mother. During the questioning, he began slashing his wrists with a pocket knife and had to be transported to the hospital.
Also inside of the apartment was Mitzie Bonney, who told police that she was a CNA who had come to the apartment earlier for a scheduled appointment with Allison Taylor. According to documents, Bonney saw Taylor exiting the apartment with two grocery bags which he discarded in the dumpster. When Bonney asked Taylor where his mother was, she was told Allison was inside of the apartment but not awake yet.
Taylor then told Bonney to go to Stop & Shop to get some bleach, paper towels, and a new shower curtain liner, according to the affidavit. She then went to the store and purchased the items.
When she returned, Taylor explained that his mother was not home and had gone to rehab. Bonney then observed several plastic bags inside the room. Taylor told Bonney not to go into the bedroom or bathroom but asked her to bleach the walls, floors, sinks, and countertops.
According to documents, detectives searched the dumpster outside of the apartment and discovered human remains.
Additional Narragansett officers and detectives, along with the Rhode Island State Police Bureau of Criminal Identification, were called in for assistance.
Taylor was held in the hospital's psychiatric unit overnight Tuesday. He was ordered held without bail on Wednesday, and his bail hearing was set for next Wednesday, May 15.
The crime scene remained blocked off Wednesday as police continued to investigate. The State Medical Examiner's office are working to pinpoint the victim's cause of death.
Chief Hoxsie said a crime of this stature is unusual for the town of Narragansett.
"It's certainly unusual," he said. "The level of this crime scene is certainly beyond what we regularly deal with here."
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