Jury picked in mutilated infant trial

August 6, 2009 4:14:13 PM PDT
She's accused of a shocking crime -- mutilating her baby boy while high on drugs. On Thursday, a jury was seated in the trial of Katherine Nadal. Nadal is charged with injury to a child in what prosecutors describe as a vicious attack on her son back in 2007.

Seventy-eight people were taken into the courtroom at the Harris County Criminal Justice Center on Thursday. Fourteen people -- 12 jurors and two alternates -- were selected.

A wide-eyed Nadal was escorted into the courtroom in plain clothes and with what seemed to be a calm demeanor. In March of 2007, police found Holden Gothia, who was five weeks old at the time, inside Nadal's Webster apartment. The mom says she and the baby were taking a nap and when she woke up, he was severely bleeding on the lower half of his body.

Nadal told authorities her pet Daschund bit the boy's private part off. But prosecutors say Nadal was high on drugs at the time and did it herself.

Both sides start presenting their cases on Monday.

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