NARRAGANSETT – Asphyxia and blunt force injuries caused the death of Allison M. Taylor, 65, earlier this month in Narragansett, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health.
Dara Chadwick, public information officer for the Department of Health, said Wednesday that the medical examiner listed asphyxia and blunt force injuries as the causes of Taylor’s death and that no other information about her death is available.
Robert M. Taylor, 45, is accused of choking and inflicting the injuries that caused his mother’s death in a Caswell Street apartment.
Robert Taylor, who has an extensive criminal history, then allegedly dismembered his mother’s body and disposed of her remains in a dumpster at the apartment complex.
Police arrested Taylor on May 7 in connection with the murder when they responded to 130 Caswell St., Apt. 17, to investigate a reported larceny that occurred the previous weekend at St. Thomas More Church.
As police attempted to question Taylor about the church theft, he was “acting strange and as evasive with answering any questions,” according to the affidavit of a Narragansett Police detective.
Officers asked about the whereabouts of Taylor’s mother, Allison, but Taylor then “suddenly produced a pocket knife and began violent slashing his wrists in an apparent suicide attempt,” according to the affidavit.
Taylor was transported to Rhode Island Hospital and appeared in 4th District Court the next day, entering no plea to a charge of domestic murder.
Armed with search warrants, police searched the apartment and dumpster, where they found a severed head, left foot and right hand and torso. Police also found a knife, pellet gun and cleaning supplies.
Taylor waived his right to appear in Washington County Superior Court May 15 when he was due for a violation hearing.
By allegedly murdering his mother, Taylor was in violation of the terms of his probation, related to a 2007 breaking and entering incident that occurred in Providence.
Taylor’s violation hearing was continued to July 22, according to court records.
Taylor’s bail hearing regarding the charge of domestic murder was also continued to July 22, according to Amy Kempe, public information officer for the Rhode Island Attorney General.
Until then, Taylor will remain at the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston and is still being held without bail, Kempe said.