A Connecticut man was reportedly accused of murdering his ex during an ongoing custody battle over his 3-year-old son.
Ansonia’s 22-year-old Andre LeFrancois was arrested on Wednesday for murder and risk of injury to a child when 20-year-old Rosali Violet Acquefreda, mother of the couple’s 3-year-old son, Eli, died, the Connecticut Post reported.
“Justice is served,” Acquefreda’s father Joseph Acqufreda Jr. said at a news conference. “My daughter is finally at peace.”
Acquefreda said his daughter had been a victim since she was 14 and had a “toxic relationship” with LeFrancois and lived “in fear” of him.
The Derby woman was pronounced dead in a hospital on Sunday after police were informed of a possible accident in Ansonia. But paramedics found them with multiple stab wounds and not injuries related to a car accident, the Hartford Courant reports.
A medical examiner later ruled, according to the Connecticut Post, that her death was a murder caused by multiple stab wounds.
Relatives claim LeFrancios attacked his ex-partner for moving to a new home with the couple’s son, father and current boyfriend, Courant reports.
“We just wanted to be a family and stay away from everything [bad] and just be happy, ”said Joseph Acquefreda on Wednesday. “Unfortunately that was taken away … she will live with us.”
The young mother and LeFrancois were embroiled in a legal battle over custody of their young son. A hearing in Milford Superior Court was scheduled for Thursday, according to the Connecticut Post.
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LeFrancois was charged Thursday and a judge ruled his bail at $ 750,000 before continuing the case through September 10.
Acquefreda’s mother, meanwhile, said the young mother’s family and friends were “still in opposition” to the murder, the Connecticut Post reports.
“My daughter suffered with this man for over five years,” Acquefreda’s mother said Thursday. “All I can say is that it is free now.”