BLOOMINGTON — A Bloomington man was charged Tuesday with fatally stabbing his wife in a domestic violence incident Monday afternoon at their home.

Monroe Elbert, 50, is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on four counts of murder in the death of his wife, 30-year-old Nicole Elbert, and two counts of aggravated battery of a child related to previous incidents.

His bond will be set during Wednesday’s hearing.

Bloomington police arrested Monroe Elbert on Monday afternoon at his home, 610 N. McLean St.

"Bloomington police dispatch initially received a call from an unknown male claiming he had killed his wife," Bloomington police said.

Police officers and a rescue squad arrived at the scene about 2:37 p.m. Monday. Officers entered the home and found Nicole Elbert, who had multiple stab wounds.

McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis was called to the scene and pronounced Nicole Elbert dead at 3:08 p.m. 

Monroe Elbert's aggravated battery charges are connected to unrelated incidents that were previously under investigation, police said.

Court documents say he is accused of twisting the leg of a child under the age of 13, causing a fracture, on Oct. 9. He also is charged with hitting the same child in the head on July 25, causing a laceration.

Family members did not return messages for comment, but Nicole Elbert’s mother, Melissa Logue Pendley of LeRoy, posted several Facebook updates Monday night and Tuesday, asking for prayers for her daughter and family.

“I'm so sorry Nicole I'm so sorry this happened to you,” she wrote early Tuesday morning. “Please know I love you, your whole family loves you. RIP my sweet little girl your mommy is gonna miss you so much I promise I'll do my best to take care of your babies ... you didn't deserve this always know that.”

Next to a picture of her daughter, Pendley wrote, “My girl, she always smiled.”

A GoFundMe account has been established by a family friend to assist with funeral and other family expenses.

The Bloomington Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division is conducting the investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact Bloomington police Detective Jeff Engle at 309-434-2371 or jengle@cityblm.org and Detective Steve Moreland at 309-434-2359 or smoreland@cityblm.org.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309- 828-1111. If your call leads to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s) you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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