Suspect indicted in East Providence Mother’s Day Murder

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A grand jury handed down a murder indictment Thursday against the man accused of stabbing an East Providence mother to death on Mother’s Day.

Investigators allege Germaine Stansfield – also known as Yuland Stansfield, Yoland Stansfield, and Germaine Yuland – ambushed 42-year-old Christine Santurri as she opened the back door of her East Providence apartment on Mother’s Day morning, and stabbed her multiple times.

The indictment also charges Stansfield with violating a restraining order that was issued in May of 2014 after he was convicted of previous domestic offenses.

Police said Stansfield and Santurri had dated for about three months.

Two days before the murder, Santurri filed a police report after receiving a threatening message from Stansfield. Police issued a warrant for his arrest but were unable to track him down.

Stansfield has been held without bail since his arrest in May. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence Superior Court on August 19.

Santurri left behind three children.

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