- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) - The trial of a Prairie City woman facing charges stemming from her dog’s fatal attack on a 4-year-old girl is set to begin.

Jurors were selected Wednesday in the trial of 26-year-old Jena Wright in Newton. She is charged with child endangerment, neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, assaulting a police officer and interfering with official acts.

A jury of 10 men and four women was seated before adjourning Wednesday. Opening statements will be delivered Thursday.

Authorities say Wright was baby-sitting Jordyn Arndt in April 2013 when the little girl was attacked in Wright’s backyard. Wright was arrested after the girl died at a Des Moines hospital.

The dog was an American Staffordshire terrier named Brutus. He was euthanized following the incident.


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