West Springfield man allegedly stabbed to death by his girlfriend

WORCESTER, Mass. (WWLP/AP) — A 31-year-old mother from Worcester is facing charges in connection with the stabbing death of her live-in boyfriend.

Police say Stephanie Fernandes is charged with manslaughter and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the death of her boyfriend of five years, Andrew T. Wagner of West Springfield, a Connecticut correction officer.

West Springfield Police Capt. Thomas Wilkinson told 22News that police had conducted a “death notification” early Thursday morning for the family of Andrew Wagner.

According to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, defense lawyer Anthony Salerno said Fernandes may have been defending herself at the time of the stabbing, although there were no initial signs of a history of domestic abuse in the relationship.

“The preliminary evidence right now would lend itself to the possibility of a self-defense issue being put before the court,” Salerno said.

Police say they were called to the couple’s home at about 11:00 Wednesday night for reports of a domestic disturbance. The officers found Wagner unresponsive inside the home, suffering from a single stab wound. He was taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center where he died just before midnight.

Salerno said there was no initial indication that his client’s 11-year-old daughter witnessed the slaying. The girl is staying with family now, he said.

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