Mom found strangled next to infant in Arlington apartment

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on May 27, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Updated Friday, May 27 at 10:19 PM

ARLINGTON - Arlington police are investigating the death of a mother found strangled in her apartment next to her newborn daughter

Evelia Villa Valencia, 29, was killed Monday afternoon after dropping off two of her children at school. She returned to her apartment with her 3-month-old daughter and was attacked. Sources told News 8 there were signs of a struggle inside.

Valencia's 11-year-old son returned from school to find his mother bleeding next to his infant sister. The baby was crying, but not harmed.

Police have made no arrests, and said they are questioning those who knew her. News 8 has learned that includes a former Arlington police officer who was fired by the department on May 12.

The officer was fired stemming from a complaint made by Valencia last year. The Arlington woman accused the officer of forcing her to take off her clothes in front of him.

Police are not commenting on the circumstances of his dismissal or the specifics of the investigation.

A spokesman for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) criticized the Arlington Police Department, saying it should have publicly notified the community of the death before Friday.

"My perception is they sat on it," said Lico Reyes, LULAC.

Sgt. Os Flores said the department is working to make the community feel more secure.

"The community should know we are diligent in patrolling the neighborhood to ensure there is a safe neighborhood inside that area," he said.

WFAA's Chris Hawes contributed to this report

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