Former valet driver at Froedtert Hospital charged in death of nurse practitioner

NOW: Former valet driver at Froedtert Hospital charged in death of nurse practitioner

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MILWAUKEE COUNTY (CBS 58) -- Charges have now been filed in the death of a nurse practitioner who was found dead in a Froedtert Hospital parking garage early Friday morning.

Kenneth Freeman, 27, is charged with 1st Degree Intentional Homicide in the death of Carlie Beaudin.

According to the criminal complaint, a man was driving a skid loader to the top level of the parking structure on January 25 in order to remove snow. He called for help around 3 a.m. when he saw a car parked in a "weird manner" and a woman lying underneath.

The woman, later identified as Beaudin, was pronounced dead at Froedtert Hospital.

Authorities reviewed security footage which showed the suspect wearing a black and white jacket with the number "88" standing behind a concrete pillar as Beaudin walked towards her car. The security footage then showed the suspect talk briefly with Beaudin before she walked towards her car. The security footage then shows the suspect running up behind Beaudin, kicking her to the ground. During the course of the assault, the man allegedly kicked and stomped on her multiple times. 

The suspect then drove Beaudin's car to the top level.

In a statement to authorities, the suspect who was identified as Freeman, said he "deliberately and purely murdered Ms. Willa." When asked to provide additional details, he replied "there isn't anything I want to talk about."

The cause of death was ruled blunt force trauma with indication of manual strangulation.  

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin issued the following statement,

Today we learned additional details and the identity of the suspect in Carlie Beaudin’s tragic death. This is very difficult news, and our hearts go out to Carlie’s loved ones and colleagues.

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has just filed first degree intentional homicide charges. We understand that Carlie was attacked in Froedtert Hospital Parking Area 5 and driven to Froedtert Hospital Parking Area 1, where she was found. The details included in the complaint are disturbing.

The suspect, Kenneth B. Freeman, has been identified as being formerly employed by a parking service provider as a valet on the Froedtert Hospital campus from January to October of 2018. Froedtert policies require that contracted employees from third-party vendors follow the same background checks required for direct employees. The parking service provider has confirmed that the suspect cleared the background check and that he was terminated for a non-violent infraction.

We remain vigilant about the emotional and physical safety of every person who works or studies at, is cared for by, or visits our campuses, clinics and hospitals. Safety is our top priority. We have made security enhancements, and we will continue to make improvements.

We will continue to take direction from law enforcement, and the situation will follow due legal process.
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