Trial Starts in Dog Mauling Death Case

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NEWTON, Iowa -- The trial began Wednesday for the woman who owned a dog that killed a little girl.

Jena Wright is charged with child endangerment, neglect, and assault on a peace officer.

Police say her American Staffordshire terrier mauled four-year-old Jordyn Arndt in April of 2013 in Prairie City. It happened while Wright was babysitting Jordyn.

Jordyn's father, was at work when he heard the news.

"I got a call that you have an emergency call and it was my ex-wife saying that Jordyn was attacked by a dog and was being airlifted to mercy you need to get there," says Jason Arndt.

Jordyn was airlifted to the hospital, but she died the next day.

The dog's bite put Jordyn in the ICU, she died from her injuries the next day.

Arndt says he didn't know Jordyn's mother had just switched her to a new daycare provider when the attack happened.

"She was there a week, four to five days and went back on a Monday and it happened."

Arndt and his current wife plan on spending everyday at the courthouse, wearing shirts in honor of Jordyn as well as necklaces with her thumb print on them.

"I've never taken the necklace off. I shower with it, I sleep with it, it never comes off, she's always with me," says Arndt.

It's been two years since Jordyn was killed, and Arndt says he continues to miss her everyday.

"I think I still have a little part of Jordyn in my daughter Kelsey. I know it's not my daughter Jordyn but it brings those memories back, the good memories," says Arndt.

Arndt says he's anxious for the trial to begin and for justice to be served.

"I'm hoping she gets what she deserves. She's able to spend these last two years with her daughter and enjoying her life with her daughter and family and the only time I get to see Jordyn is in my sleep."

Opening arguments are expected to begin Thursday morning.

The trial is expected to last six days.


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