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Mother smiles in mugshot after killing and mutilating 5-year-old daughter following an argument with father-in-law

By Mason White 7:33 PM January 9, 2017
Krystle Villanueva
By: Feng Qian

(Scroll down for video) People are outraged after a mother who killed her young daughter, was seen smiling in her mugshot.

24-year-old Krystle Villanueva of Hays County, Texas, killed and mutilated her 5-year-old daughter after having an argument with her father-in-law.

Villanueva has been charged with capital murder and second-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. She faces the death penalty if convicted.

Villanueva has been booked into the Hays County Jail, and her bail has been set at $1.1 million.

According to the criminal complaint, Villanueva allegedly stabbed her daughter, Giovanna Larae Hernandez, several times during an altercation with her 58-year-old father-in-law, Eustorgio Arellano-Uresti, who was also stabbed.

Police arrived to the home after getting a call from Arellano-Uresti around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. Police officers who arrived at the scene in the 200 block of Willow Terrace, called in the SWAT unit for help.

The SWAT team entered the house and found Hernandez dead.

Villanueva was then arrested without incident. While being photographed for her mugshot, Villanueva smiled to the camera.