A Connecticut man charged with murdering and mutilating his 11-month-old daughter was arrested Friday after a two-week escape, police said.
Christopher Francischini, 31, was taken into custody by Waterbury police around 3pm on Friday. He is accused of murdering his infant daughter Camilla at his home in Naugatuck on November 18.
He was charged with murder with special circumstances and risk of injury to a minor, and a $5 million bond was set.
According to the Naugatuck Police Department, Camilla was strangled, stabbed and dismembered inside the house.
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Francischini then got into an argument with the baby’s mother, who at the time did not know that her daughter had died. Francischini allegedly destroyed her mother’s cell phone, removed her GPS tracking device from her ankle, and fled her residence in her 2006 gray Chevrolet Impala. .
The car was later found abandoned on Interstate 91, police said.
Camilla’s body was found by her family. Her cause of death was determined to be compression and a stab wound to her neck.
“Francischini’s arrest is a clear example of what can be achieved when members of the community work with law enforcement to keep dangerous individuals off the streets,” Naugatuck Police said in a statement. Within 28 hours of seeking public help, he was taken into custody without incident and will now face trial.”
A video released by Waterbury police shows Francischini surrounded by about a dozen officers with guns drawn at a bus stop. A policeman yells at him to get down to the ground. He follows orders and is swarmed and handcuffed.
Police said the arrests were made after concerned citizens called an anonymous hotline. The caller told police that although Francischini changed his appearance, he was still recognizable.
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The FBI was offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and conviction.
Naugatuck police have asked residents to wear pink during the town’s tree lighting ceremony on Saturday night, Camilla’s first birthday.