Problems With Management: Home Depot Supervisor Strangles and Rapes Pregnant Employee, Mother Files Suit

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 8.00.47 AMEditor’s Note: An obsessed supervisor finally snapped at a wedding and killed the pregnant woman who repeatedly refused his advances. He then violated her body. Nowhere is safe if you’re unable to protect yourself.

The mother of a 21-year-old pregnant woman from Illinois who was strangled and then raped by her drunken supervisor has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her daughter’s employer.

Alisha Bromfield was nearly seven months pregnant in August 2012 when she was murdered by Brian Cooper at a wedding.

The victim’s mother, Sherry Anicich, filed a lawsuit Monday accusing Home Depot and Grand Flower Growers of failing to notice ‘a pattern of misconduct and violent tendencies’ in Cooper.

The 37-year-old, who was Alisha Bromfield’s boss, failed to take part in anger management counseling required by Grand Flower Growers, according to court filings cited by Courthouse News Service. 

The lawsuit claims that the man was known to be ’emotionally unstable and violent,’ at times hurling items at employees.

Last month, Cooper was sentenced to two consecutive life terms without parole after being convicted in May of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.

Cooper killed Bromfield, of Plainfield, Illinois, when the two were at a Nasewaupee resort for his sister Kellie Stryker’s wedding.

After strangling the expectant mother for refusing to be in a relationship with him, the man raped her lifeless body.

Bromfield’s unborn baby daughter, named posthumously Ava Lucille, was viable at the time but died as a result of her mother’s murder and sexual assault.

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According to the lawsuit filed in Cook County Court by Bromfield’s mother, her daughter was hired in 2006 as a merchandiser for Grand Flower Growers, a Wisconsin company that supplied blooms to Home Depot stores throughout Illinois.

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