UPDATE: Valley police arrest daughter in murder of 79-year-old mother

UPDATE: 02/13/18 9:12 p.m.

Valley police say around 3:30 p.m Tuesday they responded to the 2400 block of 36th street.

When they arrived they discovered 79-year-old Francis McDonald dead inside her home.

Police say the death was considered suspicious. Valley investigators began speaking with her daughter, 43-year old Heather Christenson, who lived with her mother. Police say she confessed to police she had killed her mother.

Christenson has been arrested and charged with murder.

She will be taken to the Chambers County Detention facility to await her first court appearance.

Ms. McDonald’s body will be taken to Montgomery for an autopsy. At this point, Valley investigators are not commenting on the cause of death.


VALLEY, Ala. - Valley police confirm they are investigating a suspicious death along 36th Street. Detectives are on the scene and will update with more information as they can. 

Stay with News 3 on this developing story.

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