Milwaukee police have arrested a suspect following the tragic death of a nurse practitioner who was found frozen and trapped under a car in a hospital parking lot on Friday.
The Milwaukee Sheriff’s Office opened up a murder investigation after Carlie Beaudin, 33, was discovered pinned under a vehicle in the parking garage of Froedtert Hospital, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Kenneth Freeman, 27, identified as a formerly orderly and valet at the hospital, has been charged with one count of first degree intentional homicide, according to local Fox affiliate WITI-TV.
Authorities arrived on the scene early Friday morning following reports of a person trapped under a car. Beaudin was reportedly bleeding badly from her head, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Faithe Colas told the Journal Sentinel, and she passed away less than an hour after deputies responded.
Colas added that the vehicle Beaudin was in had hit a wall in the parking garage.
The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Beaudin, and said that her death was caused by blunt force trauma to the head and neck, according to local ABC affiliate WISN. It adde that there was also signs of strangulation.
Freeman, who reportedly provided a statement to detectives with the sheriff’s office saying that he “deliberately and purely murdered” Beaudin, was arrested after he called 911 on himself and admitted he was involved in the incident at Froedtert, WISN reports. Freeman reportedly had Beaudin’s belongings, including a purse and ID, on his person when was apprehended.
Meanwhile, Beaudin’s colleagues at Froedtert Hospital’s Department of Medicine mourned her unexpected passing earlier this week.
"Carlie had a tremendous impact across the campus for more than a decade as part of the Froedtert & [Medical College of Wisconsin] family,” Steve Schooff, the hospital’s director of media relations, told Oxygen.com in an email on Tuesday. “Her presence was felt by all who knew her, providing both warmth and strength to patients as well as mentorship…We ask for the community to respect the privacy of her family and co-workers as they grieve this tragedy.”
Beaudin’s death comes after a man was discovered dead on Dec. 28 near a lagoon by the hospital, according to the Journal Sentinel. No foul play is suspected in the case.
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