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Arizona Mother Drugged Kids, Attacked Husband on Christmas

Connie Villa forced her four children to swallow opioid-based prescription drugs, killing one, before stabbing her husband.

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By Shawn Dwyer

12/30/13

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On Christmas Day, an Arizona woman killed her eldest daughter by forcing her to take prescription narcotics while trying to poison her other three children. She then allegedly lured the father into the house where she stabbed him several times in the torso.

Casa Grande police said that 35-year-old Connie Villa was arrested on Sunday on one count of first degree murder and four counts of attempted murder after her husband, Adam Villa, managed to escape and call the police. When officers arrived, they found oldest daughter, Aniarael Macias, dead in the bathroom, and Connie in the kitchen surrounded by her other three children, ages 8, 5, and 3, while turning a knife on herself. She was treated for several self-inflicted stab wounds before being charged with her heinous crime.

The family released a statement about Aniareal, saying she "was a gentle, kind and beautiful spirit who was taken from us much too soon. Ania was always smiling, she loved her brothers and sister. We pray that justice will be served." Meanwhile, the small community of Casa Grande came together to help the grieving family to raise money in memory of the fallen teen. "As I've told many people, you never want to see a mother or father lose their own child,” said organizer Sarah Lamb. "We still have that sense of, I guess family almost. When we need to, we treat each other like family.”

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