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Connecticut man charged in fatal stabbing of 1-year-old niece

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This booking photo released by the Bristol, Conn., Police Department shows Arthur Hapgood, of Waterbury, Conn., arrested and charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of his 1-year-old niece Zaniyah Calloway while baby-sitting for her Monday evening, Aug. 18, 2014 in Bristol. (AP/Bristol Police Department)

A Connecticut man has been charged with murder in the fatal stabbing of his 1-year-old niece while babysitting.

Authorities responded to a home in Bristol shortly before 7:30 p.m. Monday and encountered a resident running toward them carrying a child with a severe laceration to her stomach. Officers performed CPR on the girl, who later died at a hospital.

Police say the girl was Zaniyah Calloway. An 11-year-old child also was in the home but wasn't injured.

The girl's uncle, 36-year-old Arthur Hapgood, of Waterbury, is being held on $1.5 million bail on charges including murder, reckless endangerment and risk of injury to a child. He's expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Bristol Superior Court. It's not clear if he has a lawyer.

The motive for the slashing isn't clear.

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