Connie Villa is accused of the murder of her 13-year-old daughter on Christmas Day.
Connie Villa is accused of the murder of her 13-year-old daughter on Christmas Day.

Mum charged over Christmas Day poisoning of kids

AN ARIZONA woman has been charged with murder after allegedly killing her 13-year-old daughter and trying to kill her three younger children on Christmas Day.

Connie Villa, 35, was arrested after she was released from a local medical centre, where she was being treated for what police believe were self-inflicted stab wounds, azcentral.com reported.

Her 13-year-old daughter, Aniarael Macias, was found dead in the bathroom of the family's apartment on Wednesday night after 33-year-old Adam Villa called 911 to report he had been stabbed and was driving to the hospital, police said.

Investigators determined Connie Villa tried to kill the three other children, ages 3, 5 and 8, by forcing them to take prescription narcotics, police allege.

She then lured ex-husband Adam Villa, to the apartment and stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso.

He escaped and called 911 while driving to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center.

Responding officers had to force their way into the home, where they found Connie Villa with apparent stab wounds to her upper torso, Anderson said. She was holding a knife to her chest and had the three younger children at her side.

A statement on behalf of Macias' father, Michael, said: "We request that the focus of this tragedy be a celebration of our precious Ania's life. She was a gentle, kind and beautiful spirit who was taken from us much too soon. Michael and his family are heartbroken. Ania was always smiling. She loved her brothers and sisters."


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