Police responding to an assault call arrived at a home where they found a 58-year-old man in his driveway suffering from multiple stab wounds.
He told police that his daughter-in-law, 24-year-old Krystle Villanueve, had attacked him with a knife and that she was still inside the home with her 5-year-old daughter.
The man told police he had been making lunch in the kitchen when he saw Villanueve walk into a back bedroom with a knife and then heard her daughter, Giovanna Hernandez, start crying.
She then walked out of the bedroom and started stabbing him in the back and forehead. He managed to wrestle the knife away from her and run outside. Neighbors told police that after the man exited the home, Villanueve also came out brandishing a shotgun before returning inside the home.
A SWAT team was called and entered the home to find Villanueve naked after having just taken a shower. After being taken into custody and removed from the home, the team found her daughter dead in a back bedroom. According to reports, she had been mutilated.
“It’s probably the most horrific case in Hays County history,” Sheriff Gary Cutler said. “Our hearts are heavy here today with the loss of a beautiful 5-year-old girl.”
Villanueve was charged with capital murder and aggravated assault and is currently in Hays County Jail on $1.1 million bail.
According to Villanueve’s family, she is a drug addict who uses marijuana, crack and meth. She was entered into a drug facility in 2015 where she was diagnosed with with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD.
She had only been living in with her father-in-law for a week before she sliced up her daughter.Tags: Crime, Drugs, Krystle Villanueve, mental illness, Murder, Stabbing, Texas