Arizona Mother Accused Of Killing Daughter, Stabbing Ex-Husband, Drugging Three Kids on Christmas

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Arizona woman was charged with first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder after she allegedly forced her children to take prescription narcotics and then stabbed her ex-husband last week.

Connie Villa, 35, forced her children, ages 13, 8, 5, and 3, to take drugs on Christmas day.

The 13-year-old, Aniarael Macias, died.

Villa then lured her ex-husband, Adam Villa, into her home and attacked him with a knife. He was stabbed several times in the torso before he escaped and alerted police.

Authorities broke into her home and found the 13-year-old’s body in the bathroom. Villa was allegedly in the kitchen preparing to turn the knife on herself. Her three other children were by her side.

The three other children reportedly had opiates in their systems, but they were otherwise uninjured. Authorities are still waiting on a toxicology report on all four children.

Villa was treated for stab wounds at a hospital and was taken into police custody.

An autopsy did not determine a cause of death for Aniarael. The family is raising funds for the girl’s funeral.

“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," said her father, Michael Macias.

Sources: ABC 15, New York Daily News