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Arizona woman charged in child poisoning case

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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -

Investigators say that Connie Villa murdered her 13 year-old daughter and tried to kill her 3 children and ex husband on Christmas Day.

Now Villa's ex husband spoke to FOX 10 about the crime.

"I'm keeping their lives the same... they go to school... just keeping the family together" said Adam Villa, Connie Villa's ex husband.

Adam Villa choked back tears when he spoke about his three children. On Christmas Day his ex-wife, 35 year-old Connie Villa attempted to kill their children ages 3, 5, and 8 by forcing them to take prescription drugs.

Adam Villa was stabbed by his ex and drove himself to the hospital while calling 911.

"I'm still here, a little pain but I'm doing a lot better" said Villa.

Pinal County Prosecutor Lando Voyles read the charges against Connie Villa with Villa at his side Wednesday morning. "First degree murder causing the death of "AV", and we use the initials because that is a child."

A total of 11 different counts including first degree murder in the death of her 13 year-old daughter Aniarael Macias.

Authorities found the teen in the bathroom of the family's apartment where Villa had also stabbed herself and was holed up with the three younger kids. County Attorney Voyles said  the list of charges is long because the toxicology report citing the cause of death is not in yet.

"I guess as of right now we're still looking into different the ways that this child may have died. There's both a opiate in the child's blood as well as acetone. Whether or not that opiate and the hydrocodone, whether or not that's from the hydrocodone that's alleged to have been used or whether the child died from suffocation". said Voyles.

All but one of these counts carries an additional allegation of domestic violence and  another ten charges signify dangerous crimes against children.

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