Mount Pleasant woman, 19, tells police she accidentally stabbed boyfriend to death at apartment

Madisen Rene Stroupe

A 19-year-old woman told authorities that she accidentally stabbed her boyfriend with a pink steak knife late Monday night at their Mount Pleasant apartment, according to court documents.

Madisen Rene Stroupe faces charges of murder and possession of a knife during a violent crime in the death of Chad Fern, 20, and she remained jailed Tuesday without bail.

The death was the third slaying this year in the Mount Pleasant Police Department’s jurisdiction. The town’s homicide rate in 2015 has outpaced every other police agency in Charleston County. The Charleston and North Charleston police departments both have reported two killings this year.

At least two of the three homicides in Mount Pleasant are thought to be domestic violence-related.

Stroupe and her boyfriend had been arguing earlier in the evening at their home at The Boulevard apartments at 735 Coleman Blvd., according to arrest affidavits.

That argument prompted the 5-foot-1, 105-pound woman to stab Fern in the chest around 11 p.m., the documents alleged. Stroupe then called 911 and told a dispatcher that the stabbing was accidental, the affidavits stated.

Police officers found Fern already dead of his wound, they said in the paperwork. Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kelly Kraus confirmed that Fern suffered only one wound.

Stroupe waived her right to remain silent and gave investigators her account of the stabbing. She said several times during the interview “that she was the cause of the fatal wound to the victim,” the affidavits said.

The investigators found the pink knife in the home.

Detective Logan Fey said during a bond hearing Tuesday morning that Stroupe “has done nothing but cooperate with the investigation.”

She does not have any previous arrests in South Carolina, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

Stroupe sobbed as she told Magistrate Linda Lombard during the proceeding that she had been living at the four-story luxury apartment complex west of the Chuck Dawley Boulevard intersection but that her parents were from Hilton Head Island.

Fey said Fern’s parents do not live in South Carolina.

Dave Munday contributed to this report. Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or