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NAUGATUCK, Conn. (WTNH) — Naugatuck police released a photo of the 11-month-old baby that was murdered earlier this month.
On Saturday, baby Camilla was laid to rest in a private ceremony surrounded by her family and loved ones. On behalf of the family, police shared a photo of Camilla, noting that her death had “a profound impact on both our officers and our community.”
“We will continue to seek Justice for Camilla, and put forth every effort to apprehend her murderer,” NPD said. “We ask the public to keep Camilla’s family in your hearts and prayers in the coming days as they continue to navigate an unimaginable loss.”
The FBI is offering a $10,000 cash award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Naugatuck man accused of killing Camilla.
As of Saturday, Naugatuck police detectives are still working around the clock alongside the FBI Violent Crime Task Force and the Connecticut State Police Violent Crime Task Force to apprehend 31-year-old Christopher Francisquini, who investigators believe killed Camilla, on the morning of Nov. 18 in their Millville Avenue home.
“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,” Naugatuck police said on 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.”
The FBI is offering a cash reward for any information that leads to Francisquini’s capture and prosecution.
Naugatuck police have an arrest warrant for Francisquini, who faces charges of murder with special circumstances and risk of injury to a minor. His bond is set at $5 million.
Officers responded to the home just after 11:30 a.m. on November 18 after a family member called 911 to report a dead child.
Naugatuck police Chief Colin McAllister said the medical’s examiner office ruled the child’s death as a homicide caused by neck compressions and stab wounds. McAllister said officers found Camilla’s body in “a state of dismemberment.”
“Naugatuck has felt this loss across all cross sections of the community,” McAllister said at a news conference Monday morning. “Our detectives, our investigators, and all of Naugatuck’s first responders have been deeply affected by this horrific and heinous crime.”
The video below is from a News 8 at 6 p.m. newscast on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022.
After Francisquini allegedly killed his daughter, police said he went to Waterbury to confront her mother. He then took a relative’s 2006 gray Chevrolet Impala to New Haven where Connecticut State Police found it abandoned Friday night on Interstate 91 South near Exit 8.
Investigators said Francisquini cut off his ankle tracking monitor after he allegedly killed her, McAllister said.
Police said Francisquini was seen on video surveillance on Quinnipiac Avenue in New Haven around 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18. Police released these surveillance photos:
New Haven police said they searched Middletown Avenue and Foxon Boulevard for Francisquini Friday night.
McAllister said Francisquini has an extensive criminal history, dating back 10 years, including assault, criminal possession of a firearm, carjacking, robbery, larceny, and interfering. The police chief said he is currently out on bonds that total $375,000 for five pending cases, including the alleged assault of a police officer.
According to court documents, Francisquini was released from prison in November 2020 after serving 10 years and is on special parole until June 2032. The Department of Corrections said he did not violate parole by being alone with his daughter.
“We will be putting forward every effort to locate and apprehend this suspect and bring him to justice,” McAllister said. “If you are trying to flee or elude law enforcement outside of the jurisdictional boundaries of Connecticut, we will capture you. We have the full support of our federal partners.”
The suspect is described as a 6-foot, 230-pound Hispanic man. The public is urged not to approach him as police consider him to be armed and dangerous.
Former FBI agent and Senior Criminal Justice at the University of New Haven lecturer Kenneth Gray gave News 8 insight into the search. Gray said criminals on the run often go to places they are already familiar with and said Fransquini could be somewhere local.
Gray said that given Fransquini’s history with the Department of Corrections, any associates from his time in prison or jail should be looked into as investigative leads.
Police said Fransquini is considered to be armed and dangerous. If seen you are asked not to approach him but to contact the police immediately.
Anyone with information regarding Francisquini or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Naugatuck Police Department at (203) 729-5221 or its confidential tip line at (203) 720-1010.