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Casa Grande Woman Arrested On Suspicion Of Christmas Murder

An Arizona woman is accused of trying to poison her four children and of stabbing her former husband on Christmas Day.  One of her children died.

Police in Casa Grande said 35-year-old Connie Villa was arrested Sunday on suspicion of one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder.

According to police, the ex-husband called 911 after he was stabbed when he went to Villa’s home. Officers found the body of 13-year-old Aniarael Macias in the home where Villa was also suffering from what are believed to be self-inflicted stab wounds.

Autopsy and toxicology results on the teenager are pending, but she is believed to have been poisoned. The three other children, all of whom are in good condition, are now with their father’s family.

It is not known whether Villa has an attorney, and no motive has been disclosed.

In the wee small hours of the morning, when most of us are working on REM sleep, Morning Edition host and reporter, Dennis Lambert busily prepares the news and information KJZZ listeners hear as they prepare for the day. He did that for KJZZ listeners from 1996 to 2016. Dennis retired in 2016.