A fugitive charged with the “heinous” murder of his 11-month-old daughter last month was apprehended Friday by Connecticut police. After his daughter’s dismembered remains were discovered in the family’s Naugatuck home on November 18, authorities obtained an arrest warrant for the 31-year-old Christopher Francisquini, charging him with murder with special circumstances and risk of injury to a minor.
A tipster saw him at a bus station near Waterbury on Friday around 3 p.m. and called police, who took him into custody without incident, according to Naugatuck Police Chief Colin McAllister at a news conference.
Investigators say he got into a fight with her mother after the murder, who was unaware Camila was dead, then destroyed her cellphone, severed his parole GPS tracker from his ankle, and fled in a 2006 Chevy Impala. According to police, Francisquini choked Camila before stabbing and dismembering her.
Happy 1st Birthday Camilla👼— Naugatuck Police Dept. (@Naugy_PD) December 3, 2022
The Naugatuck community is holding a vigil tonight at 5 pm on the Green rain or shine. All are welcome to attend to honor Camilla and show support for her family. Please wear pink🎀#justiceforcamilla pic.twitter.com/ZfSv8VXdLl
Camila’s body was later discovered by a family member. Her death was said to be the result of stab wounds and neck compressions. Francisquini’s car was discovered abandoned off Interstate 91.
McAllister said Francisquini is being held on a $5 million bond and is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on Monday morning. McAllister stated that Francisquini has a lengthy criminal record and is well-known to authorities. He has a lengthy criminal record, including convictions for assault, carjacking, and other offenses. According to the New York Daily News, he was on parole for an assault charge from 2012 when he allegedly murdered his daughter and cut off his GPS ankle bracelet before fleeing.
According to police, they do not know where Francisquini was for two weeks or if he received any assistance. McAllister said that they could not rule out additional arrests if they could prove that someone was assisting him. The FBI had offered a $10,000 reward, which was increased to $25,000 this week just before his capture.
Naugatuck Murder Update 11/20 pic.twitter.com/5jmn5zZtu2— Naugatuck Police Dept. (@Naugy_PD) November 21, 2022
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