Jury chosen in trial over mutilated infant

HOUSTON (AP) - A jury has been chosen in the trial of a woman accused of cutting off her infant son's genitals.

Harris County prosecutors say 28-year-old Katherine Nadal was high on drugs when she mutilated her then-5-week-old son, Holden Gothia (GOH'-tee-yay), in March 2007 at their suburban Houston apartment.

Nadal's attorneys say their client didn't harm her son and blame the attack on the family dog: a 12-pound, black-and-tan dachshund.

The seven-woman, five-man jury will hear opening statements in the trial on Monday.

Holden survived and is now 2 years old, but the severed body parts were never found.

Nadal faces up to life in prison if convicted of injury to a child, a first-degree felony.

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