Husband Suspected of Stabbing, Killing Wife in Waterbury: Police

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A 24-year-old woman is dead after she was stabbed several times in front of a young child at her Waterbury home and police said they have charged her husband with murder.

Officers responded to the area of Willow Street and Roseland Avenue at 10:19 a.m. Tuesday to investigate a complaint of an assault and found Moesha Watson, 24.

During a news conference on Wednesday, police said firefighters returning from a call saw a woman in the road and realized she needed medical attention.

After a deadly domestic violence incident in Waterbury on Tuesday, organizations are urging people to reach out for help.

Medical personnel later pronounced Watson dead.

Police said there had been a domestic violence incident at the home.

They identified Watson's husband as Ainsley Panton, 28, and said he faces a murder charge and multiple counts of risk of injury to a minor.

Panton is in the hospital to be treated for a heart condition and police said they are working with the state's attorney to have him arraigned.

A 3-year-old and a 5-year-old were home when Watson was killed, police said, and two school-age children also live in the home and were at school.

Police said the family was new to the area.

Watson's family said the mother of three was originally from Jamaica, moved to the United States in 2011, and she was about to finish nursing school.

They said she and Panton got married last year.

Watson's former workplace, Grand Care Companions, released a statement on her death:

"Moesha worked for our company several years ago. This is a senseless tragedy and our hearts go out to all who love her," said Chet Doheny, the company's CEO.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Waterbury Police Detective Bureau at (203) 574-6941 or Crime Stoppers at (203) 755-1234.

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