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Texas woman indicted in slaying of 5-year-old daughter

March 16, 2017 GMT

KYLE, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas woman has been indicted on a capital murder charge in the stabbing death of her 5-year-old daughter.

A Hays County grand jury indicted 25-year-old Krystle Villanueva (vee-yah-noo-WAY’-vah) on Wednesday in the death of Giovanna Hernandez. District Attorney Wes Mau says a decision has not yet been made on whether to seek the death penalty.

Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler has said that the child was “mutilated” in the Jan. 5 attack at a trailer home in Kyle, about 20 miles south of Austin.

Villanueva was also indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing of her father-in-law, Eustorgio Arellano-Uresti.

Villanueva remained in jail Thursday on $1.1 million bond. Jail records didn’t list an attorney for her.