Sunday, August 2, 2009

Houston Mom Accused of Injuring Her Son Stands Trial This Week

As I have discussed repeatedly on this blog, no crimes receive more feelings of anger and calls for revenge than those that are done against children. We look at these most innocent members of our society and wonder how anyone could think of bringing harm to them. It is understandable, then, that when someone stands accused of hurting a child and faces her day in court, the media is going to follow every moment of the proceedings. Therefore, you can expect the reporters will be focused on the Harris County Courthouse starting this Thursday, August 6.

Katherine Nadal stands accused of cutting off the genitals of her five-week-old son, Holden Gothia, while he slept back in March 2007. Nadal has maintained her innocence, claiming that the family's dachshund committed the horrible act, but the physical evidence points to a cut with a sharp and precise instrument instead of showing a jagged tear that would appear with a dog bite. She tested positive for both cocaine and methadone the day after she was arrested for the injuries to Holden, and therefore also faces charges of abusing drugs while being the sole provider for her son. If convicted, Katherine Nadal could spend the rest of her life in jail. Holden Gothia is now living with his aunt and her husband, who received full custody of the child.

Under the U.S. and Texas Constitutions, everyone who stands accused of a crime is guaranteed representation and a fair trial. This right holds true even when the court of public opinion has already issued its verdict in a highly-charged case. At Bertolino LLP, we have attorneys in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio who are experienced in the field of criminal defense. If you have been accused of criminal activity, we are ready to provide you with an aggressive and thorough representation in court. If children are involved and custody issues need to be resolved, our family law attorneys can work with you on this delicate and emotional situation as well. Please contact our office today.

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