Arizona woman Connie Villa accused of trying to poison children

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. - An Arizona woman is accused of trying to poison her four children, including one who died, and of stabbing her former husband, all on Christmas.

Casa Grande police say 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 residence. Officers found the body of 13-year-old Aniarael Macias, while Villa with stab wounds believed to have been self-inflicted.

Autopsy and toxicology results are pending on the girl, believed to have been poisoned.

The three other children are in good condition and are now with their father's family.

On Sunday afternoon, Aniarael's family issued the following statement:

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. Ania was always smiling. She loved her brothers and sisters. She enjoyed spending time with her father and sister Gaby. 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.

It's not immediately known whether Villa has an attorney. A possible motive hasn't been disclosed.

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