Expert supports mother’s claim it might have been dog and not her who mutilated infant son

Expert says dog could have severed genitals

HOUSTON — An animal behavior expert testifying for the defense told jurors in Houston that a small dachshund could have severed an infant boy’s genitals, something which prosecutors accuse the child’s mother of doing.

But two experts who testified for prosecutors told jurors Thursday they don’t believe the dog could have caused the straight-edge wounds found on the infant.

Prosecutors say Katherine Nadal was high on drugs when she attacked her then-5-week-old son, Holden Gothia, in their suburban Houston apartment in March 2007, using an unknown sharp instrument to mutilate him.

She is on trial on a charge of injury to a child, a first-degree felony, and faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Closing arguments in the trial are set for Friday.

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