A 23-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman have been arrested in Bexar County after a young child was found with stab wounds and signs of sexual assault on New Year’s Eve.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar held a press conference Tuesday about a child abuse case the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
According to Salazar, at approximately 9 a.m. Dec. 31, deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to a call in south Bexar County for an injured child involving a dog bite. They were told by a man at the scene that a child, younger than two years of age, had wandered out of the home in the middle of the night and was attacked by dogs at the residence.
While investigators questioned the man and a female relative of the child at the scene, they found what they were being told was not consistent with the crime scene and evidence, Salazar said. The victim had extremely serious and life-threatening wounds consistent with a brutal sexual assault and multiple stab wounds.
The child victim was transported to University Hospital, where they were reported to be in stable condition at the time of the press conference.
It was determined that the child’s injuries were not consistent with dog bites, but that they had been sexually assaulted. The child also had numerous “non-accidental” stab wounds to the intimate areas of their body. Additionally, animal control personnel picked up the dogs at the residence and told investigators the dogs showed no aggressiveness whatsoever.
Based on the investigation, two people were arrested. Isaac Andrew Cardenas has been charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child, a capital felony with a minimum 20-year sentence. His bond was set at $300,000. Crystal Herrera has been charged with injury to a child serious bodily injury – by omission.