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ANSONIA, Conn. (WTNH) — Police continue investigating what they described as a deadly domestic violence incident in Ansonia.
Ansonia Police received a 911 call from inside a home on Root Avenue at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday. The first officer on scene saw a partially open door and could hear crying and yelling from inside the home, police said. A 3-year-old boy met the officer at the door and said, “come in, come in,” and pointed toward the kitchen.
When the officer entered the kitchen, they found the suspect, 28-year-old Kamil Zielinski, standing over the victim, 34-year-old Grace Zielinska.
Zielinski was covered in blood on his hands, face, and clothes. His wife was covered in blood and was suffering severe injuries to her upper body, left hand, and head, according to police. A curved knife was found on the ground near her and a black ax with blood on the blade was found on the kitchen table. Zielinska was taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she died of her injuries.
Police said at the scene, Zielinski made statements indicating he was responsible for the assault on his wife and that he had stabbed her in the chest. According to police, he continued to spontaneously ask, “Why did I do this?”
Zielinski was taken into custody.
Zielinska was a mother of three children, ages 5-years-old, 3-years-old, and 4 months. Police said the 3-year-old and 4-month-old were home during the incident but were not injured. The 5-year-old was at school at the time.
Police charged Kamil Zielinski with murder and the risk of injury to a minor. He was arraigned Wednesday and held on a $1 million bond. He’s due in court on Nov. 24.
Ansonia Police say domestic violence incidents like this are happening too often.
“As we have seen on a local and national level, these incidents do not happen in a vacuum,” Acting Chief Wayne Williams said. “There are often warning signs. This message is for the community: if you see something, say something.”
Zielinska’s cousin, Tabith Lirette, told News 8 she is devastated. Lirette said was in a similar domestic violence situation herself and wishes she could have done more.
“I wish to God that I would have reached out to her and told her ‘run as fast as you can’…It’s not worth it, you know it’s better for the children to leave,” Lirette said.
Help is available 24/7. In the Valley, The Umbrella Center for Domestic Violence Services can be reached by phone at 203-736-9944, 203-789-8104, 1-888-774-2900, or online.
Statewide domestic violence assistance is available via phone/text (888) 774-2900 and at www.CTSafeConnect.org.
The video below is from a previous newscast on Nov. 10, 2021.
The video below is from a previous newscast on Nov. 9, 2021.