According to police, Crystal Herrera waited three hours after giving the child a bath and noticing blood before calling 911 to report the girl had been mauled by a dog.
When police arrived at the scene, Herrera’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Isaac Cardenas, told them the girl had wandered out of the house in the middle of the night and had been mauled by dogs.
However, once at the hospital it was clear that the injuries the child was suffering from did not come from dogs, as she had multiple stab wounds to her genitals
Police say the girl had life threatening injuries consistent with sexual assault, including stab wounds on her upper body and private parts that were “non-accidental.”
She also suffered ‘acute respiratory failure’ and will have to undergo re-constructive surgery to repair her injuries. The injuries were so bad that seasoned officers are calling it one of the worst cases they’ve ever seen.
“The child’s injuries are quite severe,” said Sheriff Javier Salazar. “There’s just no other way. I can’t even begin to describe to you the level of depravity that went into this crime.”
Cardenas was arrested and charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child, which is a capital felony punishable by a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. His bond was set at $300,000. Crystal Herrera, 22, was charged with serious bodily injury to a child by omission.
“It’s been described to me and just imagining it is enough to chill any of us,” said Salazar. “A child this small to suffer these types of injuries. She’s going to carry this with her for the rest of her life, physically, emotionally, and also as a family. It’s a heartbreaking case.”Tags: Child Abuse, Crime, Crystal Herrera, Isaac Cardfenas, Sexual Assault, Texas