Naugatuck police continue search for man wanted in murder of his toddler daughter

Naugatuck police continue search for man wanted in murder of his toddler daughter

The Naugatuck man wanted in connection with the murder of his 11-month-old child remains at large, police said Saturday.

Police said Naugatuck Police Detectives continue to “work around the clock” with the FBI Violent Crime Task Force and the Connecticut State Police Violent Crime Task Force to apprehend Christopher Francisquini for the killing of his daughter, Camilla.

“To those who have called, messaged and sent in tips for information we thank you for aiding us in our efforts to bring this violent criminal to justice,” police said in a statement Saturday. “We continue to ask the public to help be our eyes and ears and if you have any information regarding the suspect please contact Naugatuck Police Department immediately.”

Naugatuck police obtained an arrest warrant Monday Nov. 21 charging Francisquini, 31, with murder in connection with the death of his daughter, according to police.

The warrant charges Francisquini with murder with special circumstances — which comes with a mandatory life sentence if convicted — and risk of injury to a minor. His daughter was located in a home on Millville Avenue in Naugatuck on Nov. 18, according to police.

The child was found dead by a family member in the home around 11:30 a.m. that day, according to Naugatuck Police Chief Colin McAllister. The family member called the police. Police said they believe she was killed earlier in the morning.

Responding officers found the child’s body dismembered. Her death was ruled a homicide by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office and her cause of death was ruled as neck compressions and stab wounds, McAllister has said.

Francisquini was allegedly involved in a dispute with the victim’s mother in Waterbury, police said. The mother was not injured in the fight. After this incident, Francisquini took off a court-ordered GPS tracking device and destroyed his cellphone, McAllister said. He said police believe this disturbance occurred after the victim was killed.

McAllister said Monday, “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.”

A man matching Francisquini’s description was seen on Quinnipiac Avenue in New Haven around 4 p.m. on Nov 18.

A gray Chevrolet Impala matching the description of the car that the suspect was last seen driving was located by police on Interstate 91 near Exit 8 in New Haven on Friday, police said. According to police, this was a family member’s car. A witness reported seeing him flee into a wooded area near where the vehicle was located, McAllister said.

The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward to any individual with information that leads to the capture and prosecution of the suspect.