NEW HAVEN — The death of a Cheshire mother of two was officially ruled a homicide Tuesday and a prosecutor charged her husband with murder.
During an appearance in New Haven Superior Court, Emanuel Dominguez-VillaGomez, 31, was charged with murder in addition to first-degree assault, risk of injury to a minor, first-degree reckless endangerment, and first-degree unlawful restraint.
He is being held on $1 million bond.
Police responded to the couple’s home at 780 Mountain Road last week and found Monica Pinto Dominguez in a pool of blood on the floor. She was rushed to St. Mary’s Hospital and died four days later. Police said she had been stabbed as many as 30 times. Prosecutor Jack Doyle said an autopsy was performed Monday and the cause of death was complications of sharp-force trauma of the head, neck and torso, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide.
Dominguez’s 11-year-old son called 911 during the attack and could be heard screaming in the background, police said. The 11-year-old and the couple’s almost two-year-old daughter are in the care of the state Department of Children and Families. According to court documents, Dominguez filed for divorce about two months ago, citing irreconcilable differences as her reason for ending the marriage. She sought primary residency for their daughter, with Dominguez-VillaGomez receiving joint custody and visitation.
During his appearance in court, Dominguez-VillaGomez looked straight ahead, showing no emotion as the information was stated by the prosecutor, judge and a public defender representing him. He was wearing a yellow prison jumpsuit and his hands were cuffed behind his back. He answered questions with one word responses and spoke briefly with his attorney.
Nickola Cunha, an attorney representing Dominguez’s family, was also present in court. Outside court she declined to comment on the case.
The judge ordered Dominguez-VillaGomez to have no contact with either child until his next court date, Oct. 9.
Heather Beichner has known Dominguez-VillaGomez for about 17 years and met Dominguez about nine years ago, she said Monday. Beichner said she saw Dominguez on Sept. 7 when they went out for dinner and drinks.
“She was so happy, and spunky, excited for the future,” Beichner said. “She made me laugh all night. The last time I saw her she was in a coma. I didn’t recognize her. It was heartbreaking and (I) couldn’t imagine what she went (through) in those moments. It hurts so bad. I told her I loved her, held her limp hand and gave her a hug and kiss.”
Beichner said she is heartbroken having to say goodbye to her friend in that way and wants to be a voice for Dominguez.