Connecticut man arrested, accused of killing, dismembering infant daughter

WATERBURY, Ct. — Police arrested a man Friday who was wanted on suspicion of killing his 11-month-old daughter and dismembering her body last month in Connecticut.

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Christopher Francisquini, 31, was arrested Friday, one day before what would have been his daughter’s first birthday. He was apprehended in Waterbury after a man called police to report that he recognized Francisquini sitting at a bus station.

Video shared by authorities showed more than a half dozen police cars responding to the call. Naugatuck Police Chief Colin McAllister said Francisquini was taken into custody without incident.

He was earlier identified as the man suspected of killing 11-month-old Camilla Francisquini, who was found dead at her family’s home in Naugatuck on Nov. 18. Authorities said she had been choked and stabbed to death.

Last month, McAllister said officers were dispatched to the home on Millville Avenue shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Nov. 18 after getting a 911 call from a family member who reported the child’s death. Responding officials found Camilla dead and “in a state of dismemberment,” the police chief said.

Authorities determined that Francisquini, who was out on a $375,000 bond at the time, killed the girl before getting into an argument with her mother in Waterbury. McAllister said Francisquini cut off a court-ordered tracking device and smashed his cellphone after the argument before fleeing.

The motive behind the killing remained unclear on Friday.

“That is also something that is going to be part of our investigation,” McAllister said.

The chief added that he felt “a sense of relief knowing that this dangerous criminal has been taken into custody,” as he believed many in the community did.

Authorities continue to investigate.