‘She had no signs of life’ Doctor Testifies in Dog Mauling Trial

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NEWTON, Iowa -- The prosecution continued its case against Jena Wright Friday, calling more witnesses to testify.

Wright is charged with child endangerment, neglect and assaulting a peace officer.

Police said Wright was babysitting 4-year-old Jordyn Arndt back in April of 2013 when Wright's American Staffordshire terrier attacked the little girl. Arndt died of her injuries the next day.

The prosecution called the emergency room surgeon who treated Jordyn at the hospital, Dr. Cass Franklin, to testify Friday morning. He said in his 37 years of being a doctor he has never seen a dog bite so severe. He testified that when Jordyn came in her condition was grave at best. "She had no signs of life," Franklin testified.

Franklin said Jordyn had lost so much blood at the scene that doctors had to give her 10 unites of blood, enough for a complete transfusion on a full grown adult.


After the prosecution wraps up, the case will be handed over to the defense, which chose not to give opening statements when the trial began on Monday.

The judge expects the trial to last through the middle of next week.

Check back for updates.


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