Police: Man sliced grandmother’s throat on Mother’s Day

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the early morning hours of Mother’s Day, Austin police received a disturbing message attached to an urgent “check welfare” call.

“I made a terrible mistake. I killed my grandmother,” the caller stated, according to a police affidavit.

When police arrived at the South Austin home Sunday, they found the victim alive and speaking. She had a two-inch cut on her neck, allegedly inflicted by her grandson, Derrick Villegas, the affidavit states. The victim told police the injury no longer hurt.

Villegas, 27, also had a six-inch cut on his own neck when police arrived, but the affidavit doesn’t state how he got it.

The victim told police she woke up at about 4 a.m. with pain in her throat. She went to her kitchen and found Villegas playing with a knife and “saying strange things that did not make sense,” according to the affidavit. The victim said Villegas had been using “hard drugs” but stopped in the past couple weeks. The two lived together, according to the affidavit.

The victim told police she was not in pain, never feared for her life and that her grandson would never hurt her. After the victim took the knife from Villegas, he called the police himself, the affidavit states.

Villegas has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.

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