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Authorities identify woman found dead

Chelsea resident discovered with baby at complex

By John M. Guilfoil
Globe Staff / April 3, 2011

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CHELSEA — Police identified a woman found dead Friday afternoon in her condominium with her baby nearby as Erica Grover, 28.

Chelsea police and fire officials responded to the Mill Creek Condominiums complex at 165 Cottage St. for a well-being check at about 4 p.m. Friday, to look in on Grover after someone called police to express concern for her, said Police Chief Brian A. Kyes.

They found Grover unresponsive and transported her to Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Officials found no signs of foul play, forced entry into the home, or obvious injuries on Grover’s body, police said.

They also found no signs that the death was a suicide, said Chelsea Police Captain Keith Houghton, who identified the woman.

Investigators are awaiting the results of toxicology reports. The cause of death will be determined by the chief medical examiner’s office, authorities said.

Police found Grover’s 1-year-old son alone in a crib in the apartment.

The baby, who was not injured, was taken to Mass. General as a precaution and was later turned over to his maternal grandmother.

Police did not say how long they thought the baby had been alone.

The Department of Children and Families has been notified, Kyes said. A department spokesman did not return calls seeking comment.

A man who answered at a phone number listed for a relative in Haverhill said the family would not comment.

Chelsea police and State Police assigned to the office of Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley are investigating.

Globe correspondent Christopher J. Girard contributed to this report.