On Thursday afternoon, January 5th, police officers received a call about an aggravated assault that went down in a Kyle residence, home to the prime suspect, 24-year-old Krystle Concepcion Villanueva and her family. Authorities say the individuals moved into the house only one week prior to the incident.
When the law enforcement officers arrived at the scene, they found 58-year-old Eustorgio Villanueva’s father-in-law bleeding in the driveway from multiple stab wounds. He told the officers that the mother was inside the house with her daughter. A Hays County SWAT team was called in to contain the incident. When the SWAT team members went inside the place, they found the suspect walking naked around the house, fresh out of the shower.
After apprehending Krystle Villanueva, they found the lifeless body of her 5-year-old daughter, Giovanna Hernandez, in one of the house’s bedrooms. Gary Cutler, Hays County Sheriff said during a press conference that in over 43 years in his line of work he never saw a more horrific murder case. Not only the little girl died from multiple stab injuries, but her body also showed signs of mutilation.
A criminal investigation has been launched into the matter. However, at this point, authorities did not find a clear mother for the crime. Blood samples were taken from the mother, in order to determine if Krystle Villanueva was under the influence of either drugs or alcohol at the time of the incident. Authorities say the lab results should arrive next month.
The judge has set the bond at $1.1 million. The mother now faces capital murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Hays County Sheriff’s office. If the jurors find her guilty, the mother could spend the rest of her life behind bars or even face the death penalty.
According to the suspect’s sister, Krystle Villanueva underwent substance abuse treatment at a facility in Buda in 2015. Furthermore, a court affidavit states that the mother was diagnosed as bipolar, also suffering from ADHD and schizophrenia.
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