They convicted her of mutilating her own baby boy. Now a Harris County jury decided Katherine Nadal should serve 99 years in prison and pay a $10,000 fine.
Nadal was convicted last week of 1st degree felony of a child after they determined she severed the genitals of her 5-week-old son, Holden Gothia, in March 2007. Gothia survived the attack.
Jurors deliberated for about two hours on Monday before sentencing 28-year-old Katherine Nadal. They chose among possible sentences ranging from probation to life in prison.
Prosecutors asked for life in prison. Nadal’s attorneys did not request any specific sentence but had asked the jury to not punish her out of hate or revenge.
After jurors announced the punishment sentence, Patches Deshavo, the aunt who currently has custody of the boy, read statements from the boy’s relatives.
The first was from Camden, the father of the child, who in his statement to Nadal wrote, “I will teach him forgiveness and humanity. Holden is the only one of forgiveness. And I feel he will forgive you. I, on the other hand, don’t think there’s any punishment that fits your crime.”
The second statement was from Deshavo. She told Nadal, “I am thankful (that) by the time you’re eligible for parole, you will be beyond child bearing years.”
That statement sparked an outburst from Nadal, who yelled, “I failed him. I didn’t hurt him.”
“You abused him in the womb,” Camden screamed from the courtroom seats.
Deshavo also read was from her mother, father and Camden’s aunt.
During testimony presented Monday in the punishment phase, Nadal cried as Deshavo told jurors Monday how Gothia is struggling to adapt to everyday living.
The child, now 2 years old, has trouble walking, is not yet potty trained and faces a lifetime of medical procedures, including surgeries and hormone therapy.
In addition to the child’s hardship, the jury also learned about Nadal’s past run-ins with police and her history of drug abuse.
The same jury that will decide her punishment convicted Nadal of injury to a child last week.
Nadal’s defense was that her miniature Daschund injured her baby while she slept in a separate room.