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Daughter tells of fatal attacks; Affidavits: Man fed children as beaten wife lay nearby.

Byline: Scott J. Croteau

SHREWSBURY - With his badly beaten wife lying on the floor nearby, Keith Rosiello allegedly fed McDonald's food to his two children.

Later that same night, Mr. Rosiello allegedly brutally attacked his wife again, leaving her lying with fatal injuries inside their Deerfield Road home.

Details of the February killing of Maureen Rosiello, 44, are included in search warrant affidavits filed by investigators. The mother of two was found dead inside her home at 32 Deerfield Road after her husband called police.

A judge unsealed the documents in Westboro District Court at the request of the Telegram & Gazette.

Trooper Jeffrey E. Perry, in an affidavit used to obtain a search warrant, outlined an investigator's interview with the couple's 12-year-old daughter, who, the trooper said, witnessed some of the attack.

The interview with the girl gave detectives significant information into what happened the night of Feb. 3, according to the search warrant affidavits. Records show the interview occurred Feb. 5.

Mr. Rosiello, 44, began attacking his wife while wielding a pocket knife on Jan. 31 inside the children's bathroom on the third floor, the girl told investigators.

The 12-year-old also told detectives her father said he had to punch her mother "in the bridge of the nose to stop her," according to search warrant affidavits.

Then on Feb. 3, again with the 12-year-old daughter and 6-year-old boy home, Mr. Rosiello allegedly punched his wife to the ground and kicked her as she crawled away, search warrant affidavits said.

As the mother was lying on the floor, Mr. Rosiello took his son to the store and left his 12-year-old daughter home to guard Mrs. Rosiello, who was bleeding from the head, the affidavits said.

Sometime while Mr. Rosiello was out, his sister, Lisa Ricardo, 38, of 106 Wilbur St., Raynham, showed up. She allegedly walked by her ailing sister-in-law and waited for her brother to return home, records said.

Another attack then allegedly occurred, but the girl said she did not see it.

"She could hear a piece of wood breaking," search warrant affidavits said. Mr. Rosiello then dragged his wife into the television room and left her on the floor, police allege in the affidavits. A cracked baseball bat was recovered by investigators.

Around 8 or 9 p.m., the family discovered Mrs. Rosiello had vomited. The daughter was told to hold a pulse meter on the finger of her severely beaten mother as Mr. Rosiello and Ms. Ricardo performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation for over an hour. They did not call 911 at that time, the affidavits said.

The two children were told to go to bed. The girl told investigators she heard her father screwing closet doors over the windows. The following morning, Feb. 4, Ms. Ricardo was seen vacuuming and later left with the two children, the affidavits said.

About 1 p.m. Feb. 4, Shrewsbury police received a 911 call from Mr. Rosiello. His wife wasn't breathing and they had a fight, he told them. A dispatcher asked if any children were in the home.

"My children are with my sister because I did not want them to ...uh ... uh" Mr. Rosiello allegedly told the dispatcher. When police arrived, Mrs. Rosiello was dead on the couch, wrapped in a blanket with her head covered.

Mr. Rosiello told police the situation was serious and he wanted to talk to a lawyer, search warrant affidavits said. He was arrested and on Feb. 5, Ms. Ricardo was arrested.

Shrewsbury detectives also were called by Mrs. Rosiello's parents sometime during the investigation, authorities wrote in the warrants. They told police Mrs. Rosiello left her Deerfield Road home earlier in the year for a couple of weeks. She left because of marital problems, the family told police.

"While staying at home with her parents, Maureen has been chronicling her marriage," the search warrant affidavits said. She wrote about the problems and saved it on the family's computer.

Mr. Rosiello and Ms. Ricardo are both facing charges in Worcester Superior Court of murder and two counts of reckless endangerment of a child. Authorities allege Ms. Ricardo may have taken part in the beatings.

Both will appear in Worcester Superior Court today,

with a hearing set in Ms. Ricardo's case on motions filed by her lawyer to dismiss the charges against her.


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Date:Dec 13, 2010
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