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Affidavit: Boy witnesses mom's attack, calls 911 for help

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Two boys were home when their mother was stabbed to death early Saturday morning, one of them witnessing the attack and calling 911 for help, according to an affidavit.

Travis County Sheriff's deputies were called out to a home in eastern Travis County at 1:43 a.m. Saturday after a young boy told a dispatcher his stepdad is killing his mom. When deputies arrived, they found Roberto Degollado, 51, walking down the hallway of the home, covered in blood. Deputies detained him and continued to search the home for any possible victims. Emily Martinez Villarreal, 36, was found on the floor of the bedroom with multiple stab wounds to her chest and arms. CPR was administered until EMS arrived. She was soon pronounced dead just after 2 a.m.

The affidavit said one of the two boys told authorities their mother went out with a friend shortly after arriving home from work. He said his mom came home around 1 a.m. and overheard Emily and Degollado talking. He said he heard his mom tell Degollado she didn't care for him anymore and that she was going to find a new man. The child said the suspect believed the victim was cheating on him. One of the two boys said he saw Degollado get a knife from the kitchen and later saw him lying in bed next to his mother. He told deputies he soon heard her scream "stop" and when he entered the room, he saw Degollado on the bed stabbing his mother.

One of the boys called 911 for help and is heard calling Degollado by name and is heard saying, "Robert, I love you, please stop" before the line disconnects. Travis County Dispatch received a second call from a neighbor five houses away, telling dispatch the boy had run to the neighbor's house for help.

The affidavit states Degollado was read his Miranda Rights before they tried asking him questions about the incident. Deputies said Degollado would reply "I don't know" or "I don't remember" while looking down. When told the victim had died, deputies said Degollado looked up but never asked what happened to her.

A vigil was held for Martinez Villarreal Saturday evening.

Neighbors told CBS Austin's Raven Ambers that the victim’s two teenage sons were at her house about an hour before the stabbing happened. She said the two boys, 13 and 14, seemed nervous and did not want to go home.

The neighbor, Andreanna Galvan, said she didn’t realize something was wrong until deputies rushed to the neighborhood early Saturday.

“The next door neighbor called the police, and when I came outside, the little boy was saying, ‘I was pushing him away from my mom, and he kept stabbing my mom, stabbing my mama over and over,’” Galvan said.

Neighbors set up the vigil to remember the slain mother and show support for the boys.

“They need love. They need caring. They need a lot of support right now,” Galvan said.

Degollado was transported to the Travis County Central Booking Facility. His bond was set at $500,000.

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