Two people were arrested after a girl was found with wounds consistent with sexual assault though a relative claimed she had been attacked by dogs, officials said.
The 1-year-old girl was in stable condition Tuesday after being hospitalized with life-threatening wounds.
The girl, who will be taken into Child Protective Services custody, had stab wounds to her upper body and private parts, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.
A relative of the girl’s called 911 at 9 a.m. Saturday to report that a child had been bitten by a dog, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
Investigators questioned the relative and Isaac Andrew Cardenas, who was identified as the relative’s boyfriend, and found their stories were not consistent.
Cardenas said the girl had been attacked by the dogs when she wandered away from the South Bexar County home the night before.
When Animal Care Services went to pick up the dogs, they noticed the animals were not aggressive.
Medical staff said it was clear the girl had not been attacked by dogs, Salazar said.
“I can’t even begin to describe to you the level of depravity that went into this crime,” he told the Express-News. “It’s a horrendous case.”
Salazar said detectives and emergency room personnel said the case was one of the worst, if not the worst, they’d ever seen.
Cardenas was arrested and is being held in the Bexar County Jail on a charge of super aggravated sexual assault of a child. Bail is set at $300,000.
The relative was charged with injury to a child by omission but was not listed in the jail Tuesday night.