Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said deputies were called to a home on the morning of New Year’s Eve, where a couple told them that the girl had wandered out of the home the previous night and been attacked by dogs.
Doctors at the hospital where the girl was treated found the injuries were inconsistent with dog bites and that a sexual assault had occurred.
At a news conference Tuesday, Salazar said the girl had suffered “extremely serious and life-threatening wounds consistent with a brutal sexual assault and multiple stab wounds,” CBS12 reported.
“I can’t even begin to describe to you the level of depravity that went into this crime,” the sheriff said.
Deputies arrested 22-year-old Crystal Herrera, described as a relative of the child, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Isaac Andrew Cardenas.
Cardenas has been charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child. His bond has been set at $300,000. Herrera has been charged with injury to a child and serious bodily injury by omission.
The 1-year-old girl was in stable condition Tuesday. Upon her release she will be placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Initially, county Animal Care Services workers took several neighborhood dogs into custody.
None showed any signs of aggression and they were returned to the owners.
(Photos: Cardenas, left; Herrara, right, Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)