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Connie Villa Accused Of Poisoning Kids On Christmas So Ex Wouldn't Get Custody

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This undated booking photo provided by the Casa Grande Police Department shows Connie Villa. Villa, 35, was arrested Sunday, Dec. 28, 2013 on suspicion of one count of first-degree murder and four counts of attempted murder on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013 in Casa Grande, Ariz. Villa, from Arizona is accused of trying to poison her four children, including one who died, and of stabbing her former husband. (AP Photo/Casa Grande Police Department) | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A new criminal indictment accuses an Arizona woman of trying to kill her ex-husband and poison her four children, including a teenage daughter found dead in her home on Christmas Day.

Charges against 35-year-old Connie Villa of Casa Grande include first-degree murder, kidnapping, attempted first-degree murder and child abuse.

Police have said Villa told investigators she suffocated her 13-year-old daughter when the girl wouldn't take prescription narcotic drugs. The other children are in good condition.

According to police, Villa also said her motive was that she didn't want her ex-husband to have custody of the children.

Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles says Villa is charged in an indictment that a grand jury issued Monday.

Villa is being held in the Pinal County Jail. Voyles spokesman Jim Knupp says he doesn't know whether she has an attorney.

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