EASTPOINTE (WWJ) – An Eastpointe man was arraigned Tuesday on murder charges in the stabbing deaths of his live-in girlfriend and their 13-month-old daughter.
Thirty-year-old Curtis Hampton was charged in connection to the deaths of Monique Rakowski and their daughter, Carmon, in 38th District Court.
Police believe the murders took place last Thursday at the home the couple shared on Normandy street in Eastpointe.
Emily Barry is the victim’s cousin and she spoke to WWJ’s Jon Hewett after the arraignment.
“It’s a thought that you don’t think can truly happen to your family,” said a tearful Barry. “And it’s been an emotional rollercoaster for days because you go from not believing to grief and so to see him in person makes it even more real – it’s hard to believe that another human being is capable of doing that.”
Dressed in blue jail garb, chained at his hands and ankles; Hampton kept his head lowered while he was arraigned on two counts of first degree murder.
About a dozen family members of Rakowski were in the courtroom as a not guilty plea was entered on Hampton’s behalf and he was ordered to be held without bond in the case.
Rakowski’s cousin said the couple had been together for years and the relationship was volatile. There had been several incidents of domestic violence. “Each time it was a little worse and many people told her to leave or he’s going to kill you … but she would say ‘I am not afraid of him.'”
“He deserves everything he gets, anything and everything that happens to him – he deserves it.”
Both victims were stabbed to death and found in a bathroom. Hampton turned himself into Dearborn police last week.