Texas mother accused of stabbing 5-year-old daughter to death

Giovanna Larae Hernandez

A 24-year-old Kyle area woman was been charged with capital murder for allegedly mutilating her 5-year-old daughter on Thursday.

A witness said that after the man exited the home, he saw Villanueva standing outside with a firearm, trying to use it. Arellano-Uresti later told officers that the shotgun kept inside the home was unloaded.

A 5-year-old girl was found dead after sheriff's deputies responded to an aggravated assault call in Kyle.

At 12:51 p.m., Hays County Sheriff's deputies received a 911 call reporting an aggravated assault at a house on Willow Terrace in the Green Pastures subdivision of Kyle. Deputies said Hays County SWAT entered the home to find the 5-year-old child deceased. The man said Villanueva stabbed him and was alone inside the home with a child.

Krystle Villanueva, 24, has been charged with capital murder for the death of her daughter Giovanna Hernandez.

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Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler said Krystle Concepcion Villanueva is believed to have stabbed Giovanna Larae Hernandez, 5, to death and then mutilated her body.

The girl's mother, who has not been identified, was taken into custody. "I've been in this line of work for over 43 years, 11 as a homicide detective up in Travis".

See Sunday's edition for more details.

It is not yet known if drugs or alcohol played a role in the stabbing. Toxicology lab results should come in a month or so, law enforcement officials to KVUE.

"It's quite a crime scene", Cutler said. "We will be there again tonight and we've been there for over 24 hours now".

Villanueva is being held at the Hays County Jail on a $1.1 million bond.

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