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Man fatally stabs his 1-year-old niece after wife dumped him because she was punched in the mouth (video)

By Mason White 1:04 PM August 21, 2014
Arthur Hapgood 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A man who was dumped by his wife because he punched her in the mouth, became extremely angry and fatally stabbed his 1-year-old niece, police in Connecticut said.

Bristol Police said that the murder suspect told them that he was high on drugs when he stabbed his niece in the stomach.

36-year-old Arthur Hapgood was arrested on Monday night, on charges of murder.

Paramedics who arrived at the scene of the stabbing, found Zaniyah Calloway unresponsive with a stab wound in the stomach.

She was first taken to Bristol Hospital, and then to Connecticut Children’s Hospital in Hartford, where she died. Hapgood told police that he had used all types of illegal drugs before the stabbing.

An 11-year-old girl was also at the home and saw the murder. Police said that Hapgood punched his wife, Estacy Riquelmy, in the eye and mouth.

She did not want him at the house anymore, so Hapgood went to live with his mother, Roberta Hapgood. The next day, Riquelmy and her daughter stopped by the mother’s house to drop off some clothes.

Hapgood tried to apologize, but Riquelmy said she was leaving. That was when the husband became very upset. Hapgood cornered his wife’s daughter, who was holding his 1-year-old niece.

Zaniyah was stabbed at the time. Hapgood was charged with murder, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a minor. He is being held on $2.5 million bond.