on Christmas Day.
According to the Casa Grande, Ariz., Police Department, Connie Villa,
35, allegedly attempted to kill all of four her children and her ex-hus-
band Adam Villa on Dec. 25.
She has been charged with first-degree murder for the death of her
daughter, 13-year-old Aniarael Macias, who was found dead in the fam-
ily apartment bathroom.
Police said they believe that Villa called her ex-husband to come over
on Christmas Day so that she could kill him. After he arrived, she alle-
gedly stabbed him repeatedly in the torso, police said. Adam Villa was
able to escape and call the police as he drove himself to the hospital.
When police arrived at Villa’s apartment, they forced open the door
and found her holding a knife to her chest with apparent self-inflicted
stab wounds on her torso.
Villa’s three younger children, ages 3, 5, and 8, were also found with-
out any stab wounds. Macias’ body was found in the bathroom, but
she had no visible injuries, Casa Grande Police Department spokes-
man Thomas Anderson said.
After the younger children were taken to the hospital, trace amounts
of opiates were found in their system. Police say they suspect Villa
was trying to poison her children.
An autopsy conducted on Anariel on Saturday was inconclusive.
“We are anxiously awaiting the results of the toxicology report to
determine that [cause of death],” Anderson said. “Evidence found
on scene and interviews of the children give us cause to believe
Aniarael was also given some type of prescription narcotic drug.”
Connie Villa and Adam Villa were treated at two different hospitals
and Adam Villa remained hospitalized today in stable condition.
Although Adam Villa is the father of Connie Villa’s three younger
children, he is not the biological father of Aniarael Macias.
According to police, Aniarael’s biological father has been working
with investigators since the incident occurred.
Connie Villa was taken into custody by police this morning after
she was released from the hospital.
In addition to the first degree murder charge, she faces four char-
ges of attempted murder for allegedly trying to kill Adam Villa and
her three younger children. The investigation is ongoing and Villa
could face additional charges.
Her three younger children are under the care of Adam Villa’s fam-
ily, while he remains in the hospital, police said.