A Connecticut felon with an extensive criminal record fled from authorities after he fatally stabbed and dismembered his 11-month-old daughter on Friday morning, police reported.
During a news conference on Monday, police chief Colin McAllister referred to the murder as “horrific and gruesome.”
Authorities stated that the suspect, 31-year-old Christopher Francisquini, is accused of murdering his young daughter, 11-month-old Camilla Francisquini, on Friday morning in their Connecticut home.
Following the crime, the suspect then got into a heated argument with the baby’s mother, who was unaware that her daughter was already dead. The suspect allegedly destroyed the mother’s cellphone before cutting a GPS tracking device off his ankle.
After the argument, the suspect fled the area in his vehicle, and he remains on the run, police stated. The vehicle was later located abandoned next to an interstate highway.
The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Authorities are urging the suspect to turn himself in.
Francisquini is wanted for murder with special circumstances and risk of injury to a minor.
The young child was found dismembered by a family member around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, according to McAllister. The child died from neck compressions and stab wounds.
McAllister stated, when asked for a possible motive, “That’s a question we’re all struggling with. Who would do this, especially to their own child?”
“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 added.
Francisquini, who police reported has a lengthy rap sheet, was previously convicted of first-degree assault in 2013 and has various drug convictions. He also has five pending cases for assault, carjacking, and robbery.
At the time of the murder, Francisquini was out on $375,000 worth of bonds.
According to WFSB, Francisquini was released from prison in June after spending 10 years in jail and placed on parole until 2032.
“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 stated.