Mother accused of mutilating infant going to trial

HOUSTON (AP) - A jury in Houston is set to hear opening statements in the trial of a woman accused of cutting off her infant son's genitals.

The trial of 28-year-old Katherine Nadal is set to begin Monday.

Harris County prosecutors say 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.

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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