Closing arguments begin in San Antonio child sex attack blamed on dogs
Closing arguments are expected to begin this morning in a horrific child abuse case involving a San Antonio toddler whose mother originally claimed was attacked by dogs but doctors found had been sexually attacked.
The trial of Isaac Andrew Cardenas, 25, began Monday. He and Crystal Herrera, his girlfriend and the child’s mother, were indicted in March 2017: Cardenas on two counts of super aggravated sexual assault of a child; and Herrera on one count of injury to a child by omission.
According to reports, Herrera called 911 on Dec. 31, 2016, to report that dogs had viciously attacked her daughter, who at the time was 21 months old. Herrera told the Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies that arrived on scene that the child had wandered away from their home in South Bexar County.
The girl was taken to University Hospital for treatment for numerous sharp injuries to her genital and anal areas.
Medical personnel examining the child’s injuries quickly determined that she had suffered life-threatening stab wounds. Authorities said the wounds on her upper body and private parts were “nonaccidental.”
Doctors and investigators described the child’s injuries as “horrific,” and some of the worst they had ever seen, and medical evidence indicated that her injuries were consistent with a brutal sexual assault, the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office stated at the time of the indictments.
Herrera, 24, is out on bail and is awaiting trial. She faces a maximum of life in prison and a $10,000 fine if convicted.
Cardenas is being tried in Felony Impact Court, with Visiting Judge Philip Kazen presiding.
Super aggravated sexual assault of a child is a first-degree felony, with an enhanced punishment. If convicted, Cardenas faces a minimum of 25 years to a maximum of life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
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