A Cheshire mother of two children, who died Sunday from stab wounds suffered in a brutal domestic assault, filed for a divorce two months ago.
Monica Pinto Dominguez of 780 Mountain Road sought to end to her marriage to Emanuel Dominguez-VillaGomez in July, according to Meriden Superior Court records.
Police responded to the couple’s home Wednesday night and found 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.
Dominguez-VillaGomez, 31, was charged Thursday with 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. He has yet to be charged in his wife’s death and will appear Tuesday in New Haven Superior Court, where the case has been transeferred.
Police confirmed Dominguez’s 11-year-old son and the couple’s almost two-year-old daughter are in the care of the state Department of Children and Families.
Dominguez represented herself in the divorce filing and listed irreconcilable differences as her reason for ending the marriage. She sought primary residency for their almost two-year-old daughter, with Dominguez-VillaGomez receiving joint custody and visitation.
Dominguez-VillaGomez hired local attorney Ramiro Alcazar to represent him in the divorce proceedings in August. A case management session was set for Nov. 12, according to court records. Alcazar was out of state last week and unaware of the incident and the charges against his client, he said.
Dominguez’s 11-year-old son called 911 during the attack and could be heard screaming in the background, police said. Police tracked the call using GPS tracking. The child later told police his stepfather was choking his mother.
Memorial messages were posted on Dominguez’s Facebook page with tributes from co-workers and friends who described her as a “wonderful person.”
Mike Michaud lives at 796 Mountain Road and said he moved in around the same time as Dominguez and Dominguez-VillaGomez. Michaud said he would see them in the backyard and wave. He said he did not hear anything unusual the night of the incident.
“It’s a tragedy,” Michaud said Monday. “You can’t believe something like that happens next to you.”
Michaud said he feels for the children and hopes justice prevails.
Dominguez lived in Wallingford for four years before purchasing the Cheshire home with her husband in March of this year. She was named to the Dean’s list and graduated from Post University in Waterbury in June.
She worked as an engineer at DRT Power Systems in Meriden. A representative confirmed her employment but declined further comment Monday.