Man Charged In Ansonia Woman's Killing Pleads Not Guilty

February 18, 2020 - 4:33 pm

MILFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he killed his girlfriend, who was the mother of his still-missing toddler.

Jose Morales, father of missing 1-year-old Vanessa Morales, appeared in Milford Superior Court to answer to a murder charge in the death of Christine Holloway. She was found dead in her Ansonia home last December. Morales is being held on a $5 million bond.

Authorities are still looking for Vanessa, who has brown eyes and brown hair, is 2-feet, 2-inches tall, and weighs about 17 pounds. Holloway was found dead in her home on Dec. 2, and Vanessa, who should have been in the home, was missing.

Morales, 43, was first arrested in December on unrelated charges for alleged illegal possession of stun guns because he is a convicted felon and cannot possess weapons.

The Harford Courant reports that according to court records, Morales has a violent criminal history and threatened to break a former girlfriend's bones.

An email message seeking comment was left with Morales' attorney, Norman Pattis. He also represented Fotis Dulos, who was charged with killing his wife. Dulos died Jan. 30 after trying to kill himself from carbon monoxide poisoning two days earlier.