Mother Testifies in Dog Mauling Death Trial

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NEWTON, Iowa -- Opening arguments began Thursday morning in the trial of a Prairie City woman whose dog killed a little girl.

Jena Wright is charged with child endangerment and neglect for the death of 4-year-old Jordyn Arndt.

Wright was babysitting Jordyn when her dog attacked the little girl. She died of her injuries the next day.

The prosecution said in its opening arguments Wright was irresponsible while caring for Arndt. The defense did not give openings.

Jessica Arndt, Jordyn’s mother, took the stand to testify about the day of the attack and the jury heard the call Jena Wright made to 911 following the attack.

She described to the jury what it was like getting the call from Wright that there had been an accident.

She also said the two were best friends and at first she didn't blame her for what happened.

"It's true that after this all happened you told a reporter with the Des Moines Register you did not blame Jena for what happened?" Defense Attorney T.J. Hier asked.

"At the time, but then I heard what actually happened, you get more details you tend to change your mind," Arndt replied.


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