Houston mother accused of mutilating infant going to trial

HOUSTON (AP) - Jury selection begins next week in the Houson trial of a woman whose baby was mutilated -- his genitals were severed.

Five-week-old Holden Gothia (go-tee-ay) was asleep in March 2007 in the apartment he shared with his parents.

Katherine Nadal told police that the family dog, a 12-pound dachshund, attacked her son. The baby's father wasn't home.

But prosecutors say it was Nadal -- high on drugs -- who used a sharp object to mutilate the boy.

Holden's severed body parts weren't found.

Nadal, in jail since being charged with injury to a child, faces trial Aug. 6. If convicted she could get up to life in prison.

Defense attorney Allen Isbell says expert testimony will show the wounds were consistent with those caused by a dog.

Prosecutors declined comment.

The boy now lives with his paternal relatives.

The dog was later adopted.

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