An Arizona mother, Connie Villa has been accused and arrested for murdering her 13-year-old daughter Aniarael Macias on Christmas Day. Villa has been arrested and charged with first degree murder, her teenage daughter was found dead in the bathroom of Villa’s apartment. According to reports Villa had planned to kill her four children and her ex-husband Adam Villa and invited her ex over on Christmas in order to carry out the murder. When her former husband arrived Villa began to stab him repeatedly but Adam was able to get away and call the police.

Adam Villa had a number of stab wounds to his torso. When police arrived at the apartment they found Connie Villa standing with a knife in her hands and what appeared to be self-inflicted stab wounds to her chest. Police found three of her four children ages three, five and eight in the apartment unharmed. When officers searched the home they found the 13-year-old dead in the bathroom but reports say the girl did not appear to have any visible wounds. Adam Villa is not Aniarael Macias’ father, but is the father of the three younger children.

The three younger children were taken to the hospital where tests showed they had opiates in there system. It was discovered that Villa had been poisoning her children. Connie Villa was taken to a hospital in the Phoenix area where she was treated for her wounds. An autopsy was performed on her daughter but it was unable to conclude how the girl died. The Macias family issued a statement on behalf of the girl’s father, grandmother and extended family saying: “We request 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 [her father] and his family are heartbroken. Ania was always smiling. She loved her brothers and sisters. She enjoyed spending time with her father and sister Gabby. 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 their outpouring of support for our family. We appreciate your prayers and positive thoughts. We pray that justice will be served.”