Authorities are searching for a Connecticut man who they say brutally murdered his 11-month-old daughter earlier this month in a case that a police officer called “horrifying and appalling.”
Christopher Francisquini31, is wanted by the Naugatuck Police Department on charges of murder in special circumstances and risk of injury to a minor after his daughter, Camilla, was found dead from neck compressions and stab wounds on June 18. November at Francisquini’s home on Millville Ave. in Naugatuck, a city about 17 miles northwest of New Haven, NBC Connecticut reported.
Police Chief C. Colin McAllister said at a press conference on November 21 that officers discovered the dismembered baby, calling the murder “horrific and appalling.”
The Naugatuck Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Francisquini and his bond was set at $5 million, NBC Connecticut reported. the fbi is offering a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of Francisquini.
Information released by Naugatuck police describe Francisquini as about 6 feet tall and weighing about 230 pounds. Police believe he was driving a gray 2006 Chevrolet Impala, which authorities say was abandoned on I-91 in New Haven near exit 8 shortly after the murder, NBC Connecticut.
Francisquini is believed to have been last seen on November 18, when police say surveillance footage caught him walking down Quinnipiac Avenue in New Haven.
Authorities ask anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact Naugatuck police at 203-729-5221 or the tip line at 203-720-1010. Police urged the public not to approach Francisquini if they see him.
McAllister said at the news conference that police arrived at the grisly scene of the murder after someone at the house called 911 to report that Camilla was dead.
Francisquini, who McAllister said has an “extensive criminal record,” was on special probation when he allegedly committed the crime and was wearing a court-ordered tracking device that was allegedly severed on the day of the alleged murder, the police chief said.
Court records show Francisquini was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 10 years on special probation for felony first-degree assault in 2013. He has also been arrested on various other charges since then, including misdemeanor interfering with a official. earlier this year, for which he was sentenced to probation.
It was not immediately clear how long Francisquini served in prison.
McAllister added that Francisquini and Camilla’s birth mother were in a dispute in Waterbury, a town about six miles north of Naugatuck, on the morning of the alleged murder. The police chief said authorities believe Camilla was killed prior to that dispute.
Camilla was laid to rest in a private ceremony Saturday “surrounded by her family and loved ones,” Naugatuck police posted on social media, along with a photo of Camilla.
“We recognize that a loss like this has a profound impact on both our officers and our community,” the department’s post said.