San Antonio, Texas, March 31, 2017: A Bexar County Grand Jury has indicted a couple for causing horrific injuries to a 21-month-old girl. Isaac Andrew Cardenas, age 24, was indicted for two counts of Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. The victim’s mother, Crystal Herrera, age 22, was indicted for one count of Injury to a Child Causing Serious Bodily Injury by Omission.
On December 31, 2016, Herrera called 911 claiming her 21-month-old daughter had been attacked by dogs. When deputies and emergency responders arrived to the south Bexar County home, they observed the girl had suffered severe injuries to her genital and anal area. The victim was transported to University Hospital for treatment. Investigators with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and doctors described the child’s injuries as horrific and some of the worst they have ever seen. Under questioning by investigators, both Cardenas and Herrera claimed the victim had been attacked by dogs. When compared to the medical evidence, the child’s injuries did not match their story, but are consistent with a brutal sexual assault.
“It is unthinkable to hear allegations of a mom involved in such horrific behavior,” said District Attorney LaHood. “This alleged abuse is disgusting and will be treated appropriately. We will not grow weary in showing the community how much we value children.”
Super Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child is a first degree felony, with an enhanced punishment of 25 years to life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Injury to a Child Causing Serious Bodily Injury by Omission is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Cardenas and Herrera are awaiting trial out of the 227th District Court. The District Attorney’s Office Child Abuse Unit will be prosecuting the cases against the defendants.