updated 5/18/2009 8:14:03 PM ET 2009-05-19T00:14:03

A Massachusetts woman who was nine months pregnant was found killed in her apartment, and her boyfriend has been charged with murder.

Police say they found the body of 42-year-old Yuliya Galperina on Sunday morning in Salem, a seaport city northeast of Boston noted for its witch trials in 1692. She was stabbed to death and her unborn child also died.

Peter Ronchi waived rendition at a court hearing Monday in Connecticut. He'll be returned and arraigned Wednesday on a murder charge in Galperina's slaying.

Galperina had a 3-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son. Salem police Capt. Paul Tucker said they're in state custody.

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