A Pennsylvania man allegedly fatally beat his wife and her body was found in a bathtub in the couple’s home, authorities said.
On Sept. 30 around 7 p.m., the father of Christopher Alexander Mello, 39, called the Elizabethtown Boro Police Department after, he said, his son began “acting crazy,” PennLive reported, citing the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office.
Mello allegedly told his father something about his 39-year-old wife, Alexandria L. Reynolds, being dead, according to prosecutors.
Mello told officers responding to the home he and Reynolds shared that his wife was there, and they discovered her body in a bathtub on the second floor. A coroner noted it appeared as if Reynolds body was placed in the tub and her face was “glistening, as if it had been recently washed,” PennLive reported.
Reynolds, who had suffered two black eyes and a cut to her nose, was “beyond help,” prosecutors said, and Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni ruled Reynold’s death a homicide as a result of multiple traumatic injuries.
Mello allegedly admitted to getting into a fight with her during which he punched her in the head and face and kicked her after she fell to the ground. He also allegedly assaulted Reynolds the prior evening.
Detectives claimed Mello had told his father, “I must have hit her too hard and killed her,” the news outlet reported.
“This case is a stark reminder of the existence of domestic violence and the grave consequences that can result,” District Attorney Heather Adams said.