Valley woman arrested, charged with murdering her mother

Valley woman arrested, charged with murdering her mother

VALLEY, AL (WTVM) - A woman from Valley, Alabama has been charged with the murder of her mother.

Heather Lea Christenson, 43, confessed to killing her mother during an interview with police Tuesday.

Police were called to a residence in the 2400 block of 36th Street in Valley at approximately 3:30 p.m. The body of 79-year-old Francis Jane McDonald was found at the home. She appeared to have been the victim of a homicide.

While investigators processed the scene, Christenson who lived at the residence with her mother, confessed to the killing during an interview with police.

Christenson is charged with murder and is being held in the Chambers County Detention Facility.  The cause of death has not been determined as of yet.

McDonald will be taken to the state forensics lab in Montgomery Wednesday morning for an autopsy.

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