A Connecticut felon with a lengthy rap sheet fatally stabbed his 11-month-old daughter and dismembered her — then got into an argument with her mom and fled, police said.
Police are on the hunt for Christopher Francisquini, 31, who is accused of murdering Camilla Francisquini on Friday morning at their Millville Avenue home in Naugatuck, the Hartford Courant reported.
After allegedly committing what Police Chief Colin McAllister described Monday as a “horrific and gruesome” crime, Francisquini got into a fight with Camilla’s mom, who was unaware the girl was already dead.
During the argument, Francisquini allegedly destroyed the mother’s cellphone, removed a GPS tracking device from his ankle and fled in a 2006 gray Chevy Impala.
The vehicle was later found abandoned on Interstate 91, officials said.
Camilla’s dismembered body was discovered by a family member at about 11:30 a.m., the chief said. Her cause of death was ruled as neck compressions and stab wounds.
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Francisquini, who is wanted on an arrest warrant charging him with murder with special circumstances and risk of injury to a minor.
“We’ve been working with the Naugatuck PD and Connecticut State Police and all of their local and state partners to try to bring this crime to closure and this subject to justice,” FBI Spent Agent David Sundberg told reporters, the Courant reported.
As to the possible motive for the unspeakable crime, McAllister said, “That’s a question we’re all struggling with. Who would do this, especially to their own child?”
He urged the suspect to turn himself in.
“We will not rest until we take you into custody. We will be putting forward every effort to locate and apprehend this suspect and bring him to justice. This is an unconscionable act. It is a heinous crime,” McAllister said.
Francisquini has been convicted of assault and drug charges — and also has various pending assault and theft-related cases.
He got out of prison in June and is on special parole until 2032, WFSB reported. He managed to remove his tracking device before going on the lam, police said.
“It is not lost on me that we are discussing another offender in our community who has an extensive criminal history of violent acts and violent crimes,” McAllister said Friday.
Francisquini’s younger sister called her niece’s death “an unimaginable tragedy.
“No words can describe the emotions and feelings my family and I are all going through,” she wrote on Facebook, where she described Camilla as a “sweet, beautiful baby girl” whose “smile lit up a room.”