A mother is behind bars and her 13-year-old girl is dead and her ex-husband is in the hospital after she tried to kill them on Christmas.
Police in Casa Grande, Ariz. responded to a 911 call on Christmas Day where a man said that his ex-wife, 35-year-old Connie Villa, had stabbed him but he had escaped and was driving himself to the hospital, according to a police statement.
When police conducted a search of the home they found the body of Aniarael Macias, Villa's daughter, in the bathroom. Police suspected she gave prescription narcotic drugs to her children as they had trace amounts of opiates in their systems.
"Although an autopsy for Aniarael was conducted yesterday in Pima County, the results of which did not identify a cause of death, investigators feel the evidence found at the scene of the crime along with interviews and medical information of the surviving children, give our Department cause to believe Connie Villa was attempting to end the lives of all of her children and her ex-husband, Adam Villa," the statement read.
Connie Villa faces one count of first degree murder in the death of her daughter. She is also being charged with four counts of attempted murder of her ex-husband and her three surviving children, ages 3, 5 and 8.
During an initial court appearance a judge denied bond and Villa remains in custody.
Aniarael's father released a statement asking for privacy and prayers.
"On behalf of Michael Macias, Ania's father, Vera Macias, Ania's grandmother and extended family, 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," it read.
"We are writing this statement in hopes that the media and other outlets will allow Michael and our family to grieve peacefully. We thank everyone for the outpouring of support for our family. We appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts. We pray that justice will be served," the statement continued.