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Man tells police baby was mauled by dog after he caused horrific injuries while raping her

By Mason White 10:42 AM January 6, 2017
Crystal Herrera and Isaac Cardenas
By: Tanya Malhotra

(Scroll down for video) A man and woman were arrested after a baby suffered horrific injuries when she was brutally raped.

The baby was rushed to a hospital, where she underwent surgery.

Police said that the baby will also have to undergo reconstructive surgery due to the extent of her injuries.

According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, the baby’s relative, 22-year-old Crystal Herrera of Texas, called police to report that the child was mauled by a dog.

When police and emergency workers arrived at the home at about 9:00 a.m., they found the 21-month-old baby bleeding from her private parts.

However, the injuries were not consistent with dog bites. The child had signs of being violently sexually abused and repeatedly stabbed in her genitals, police said.

Investigators described the incident as one of the worst child abuse cases they have ever encountered. The child is now in the hospital.

Herrera’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Isaac Cardenas, was arrested on a charge of super aggravated sexual assault of a child. His bail was set at $300,000.

Herrera was charged with serious bodily injury to a child by omission. Police said that she called for help three hours after the attack.