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Dec 29, 2013 4:09 PM by Azcentral.com

Casa Grande woman arrested in death of daughter, 13

Police have arrested the mother of a 13-year-old Casa Grande girl who was found dead inside her family's home on Christmas Day, authorities said.

Connie Villa, 35, was arrested Sunday morning after she was released from Maricopa Medical Center, where she was being treated for what police believe were self-inflicted stab wounds, Casa Grande Police Department spokesman Officer Thomas Anderson said.

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

Investigators determined Connie Villa tried to kill her children, including three others ages 3, 5 and 8, by forcing them to take prescription narcotic drugs, Anderson said.

She then lured ex-husband Adam Villa, who is the biological father of the three younger children, to the apartment and stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso, Anderson said. He escaped and called 911 while driving to Casa Grande Regional Medical Center.

Responding officers had to force entry 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 youngest children at her side.

Police detained Connie Villa and discovered Macias' body in the bathroom while securing the scene, Anderson said.

The teenager did not have any apparent injuries and the cause of her death was not immediately known, he said. An autopsy conducted Saturday by the Pima County Medical Examiner's Office didn't identify a cause of death.

Authorities are awaiting the results of toxicology reports for Macias and the three younger children, Anderson said. The results could take up to three weeks.

Adam Villa and Connie Villa were taken to a Phoenix hospital for treatment, he said. The children also were taken to the hospital for evaluation, where initial tests found they had trace amounts of opiates in their system. All three are in good condition and have been placed with their father's family.

Though the autopsy found no cause of death for Macias, investigators believe the evidence at the scene, interviews and medical information of the surviving children show Connie Villa was trying to kill all of her children and her ex-husband.

Connie Villa was booked on one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted first-degree murder, Anderson said. The investigation is ongoing and she could face additional charges.

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