A Texas man was sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars after he sexually assaulted a toddler whose mother tried to blame dogs for causing horrific injuries to the child.
Local media reports Visiting Judge Philip Kazen gave Isaac Andrew Cardenas, 25, a sentence of life in prison without parole on two charges of super aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Cardenas was convicted of sexually assaulting a 21-month-old girl in Dec. 2016.
Investigators said the child’s mother, Crystal Herrera, 24, called 911 to report that dogs had viciously attacked her daughter after the child wandered away from home.
The girl was hospitalized to treat numerous sharp injuries to her genital and anal areas, The San Antonio Express reported.
“They’ve never seen anything like this,” a prosecutor said while apologizing to jurors who had to see horrific images of her injuries. “These images will never leave their minds.”
Once the sentence was handed down, the child’s grandmother, Monica Farrow, gave an emotional victim’s impact statement.
“She was just an innocent baby,” Farrow said to Cardenas. “She couldn’t even fight back.”
The child’s mother faces one count of injury to a child by omission. Right now she’s out on bail awaiting trial. If convicted, she could face a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10,000 fine.