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Bloomington man's bond set at $5 million in wife's homicide, child abuse cases

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A Bloomington man's bond is set at $5 million after prosecutors said he admitted stabbing his wife with a butcher knife and abusing his eight-year-old stepson to police on Monday. 

During a Wednesday hearing, McLean County State's Attorney Jason Chambers said Monroe Elbert, 50, waived his Miranda rights on Feb. 5 after he was taken into custody by police following the discovery of his wife's body at their 610 N. McLean St. home. 

Chambers said Monroe Elbert told detectives he was arguing with his wife on Monday when she went upstairs to pack her belongings and leave the home. Monroe Elbert told police he grabbed a butcher knife, followed Nicole Elbert upstairs, where they continued an argument over "activity on her cell phone" before he stabbed her multiple times. 

Police received a 911 call from Monroe Elbert stating he killed his wife a short time later, prosecutors said. 

Preliminary autopsy results from McLean County Coroner Kathy Davis' office confirm Nicole Elbert died of multiple stab wounds. Her body was reportedly found in the upstairs bedroom in blood-stained clothing with apparent wounds to the neck. 

Monroe Elbert faces four counts of murder. 

Monroe Elbert was also charged with two counts of aggravated battery to a child in connection with two injuries to Elbert's eight-year-old stepson in 2017. 

Police said the child was brought to Advocate BroMenn in July 2017 with a head laceration that required five staples. Prosecutors said his mother and stepfather told medical staff the child was injured when he fell and hit his head playing on stairs. 

The child was brought to the hospital again in October 2017 by his mother and stepfather for a fractured right leg. Prosecutors said the family gave varying statements on what happened to the child, eventually settling on the story that Monroe Elbert and the eight-year-old were "playing rough" when Elbert kicked the child's feet our from under him, causing him to fall and break his leg. 

In the Monday interview, prosecutors said Elbert admitted he had lied about both incidents, and the child was injured after his head was hit into a garage door and after he grabbed the child by the leg and pulled him. 

An arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 16. 

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