Krystle Concepcion Villanueva is accused of stabbing her 5-year-old daughter to death and attacking her father-in-law in an unspeakably horrible incident hailing from Central Texas. Look closely at the young mother’s mugshot, and it appears you can even see a smear of blood on her oddly placid face.

Villanueva, a mere 24 years old, has been charged with capital murder. Last Thursday afternoon, police were responding to reports of an aggravated assault at a home on Willow Terrace, located within a subdivision in Kyle, Texas. When they arrived, they found 58-year-old Eustorgio Arellano-Uresti standing in the driveway, suffering numerous stab wounds. He identified himself as Villanueva’s father-in-law and told authorities that Villanueva had stabbed him. He warned them that she and her daughter, Giovanna, were inside the house. Authorities entered the residence to find a horrorshow. Villanueva had just taken a shower and was naked. Giovanna was found dead in a bedroom. The little girl had been stabbed to death and mutilated, allegedly by her own mother’s hand.

Giovanna. (Image: Hays County Sheriff’s Office)

Arellano-Uresti told officers that he walked into the kitchen at about 11 a.m. that morning with the intention of fixing lunch. He saw his daughter-in-law take a knife with her and heard Giovanna crying before Villanueva returned to the kitchen and allegedly began stabbing him. He was able to escape Villanueva, although a witness claimed to have seen the mother come outside with a gun that she was unable to use. If that gun had been Arellano-Uresti’s, he told authorities it would not have been loaded.

“I’ve been in this line of work for over 43 years, 11 as a homicide detective up in Travis. It’s probably the most horrific case I’ve ever seen and been a part of,” Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler said of the case.

A motive has not been established, and authorities are still waiting on toxicology results to see if drugs or alcohol could have played a role in this barbaric crime. Villanueva’s sister told investigators that her sister suffered from a host of issues, including drug addiction, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD.

Image: Hays County Sheriff’s Office