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Naugatuck murder suspect apprehended after tip from concerned citizen: Police

Christopher Francisquini is accused of killing his 11-month-old daughter.

NAUGATUCK, Conn. — The manhunt for Christopher Francisquini, the Naugatuck man wanted for the death of his 11-month-old daughter, is over.

The 31-year-old man, accused of killing his daughter Camilla on Nov. 18, was arrested on Friday afternoon, police said.

He was apprehended at a bus stop on the 400 block of Grand Street in Waterbury at 3:05 p.m. Friday.

"Francisquini’s capture is a clear example of what can be accomplished when community members work with law enforcement to take dangerous individuals off the street," Naugatuck police said on Twitter Friday evening. "Within 28 hours of asking the public’s help he was taken into custody without incident and will face now justice."

A witness captured Francisqunini's arrest on Friday.

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In a press conference Friday night, police said a concerned citizen believed they recognized Francisquini at a bus stop near Waterbury and called the police.

Officers responded just moments after the call, which led to them establishing a dialogue with Francisquini and taking him into custody without incident. No one was injured.

Francisquini was not armed at the time of his arrest, police said.

Naugatuck Police Chief Colin McAllister said this case will stick with officers for a long time.

"Officers feel that it is their duty to act as baby Camila's voice now that she no longer has," he said.

"This case highlights the value of community members assisting law enforcement in apprehending violent offenders," said Joe Altimari of the FBI.

After the press conference, police released body camera and dash-camera footage of the arrest.

FrancisquinI is being held on a $5 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday. Police said there is no motive yet.


Officials believe Francisquini killed Camilla sometime in the morning hours on Friday, Nov. 18. A short time later, Francisquini and Camilla’s biological mother got into a dispute in Waterbury. He ripped off his ankle monitor and destroyed his phone in the fight.

At that time, they returned to the home in neighboring Naugatuck, and Francisquini grabbed a family member's car and fled. A family member in the home discovered the body and called 911 to report a dead child, according to police.

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He had not been seen since the night of Camilla's murder after his car was found abandoned on Interstate 91 in New Haven. Cameras caught him walking down a street, and police said he was also seen walking around New Haven Green.

The FBI has issued a $25,000 reward for information that led to Francisquini's capture.

Naugatuck police said Camilla was choked, stabbed and dismembered. Authorities obtained an arrest warrant that charges Francisquini with murder with special circumstances and risk of injury to a minor. 

Camilla would have turned 1 on Saturday.

Credit: Naugatuck Police Department
Camilla Francisquini, 11 months old, was killed in her Naugatuck home on November 18th. Her father is accused of the murder.


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