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Man who dumped son insane, judge decides

February 28, 2012

SWEETWATER — A man who said voiceds told him to kill his 4-year-old son has been found not guilty of attempted capital murder by reason of insanity.

State District Judge Glen Harrison made the ruling Monday and ordered Carlos Rico to be committed to the maximum security North Texas State Hospital in Vernon for examination. According to documents, Rico will be returned to a Nolan County courtroom within 30 days for assessment of his mental progress, at which time Judge Harrison will decide whether to keep him hospitalized.

Sweetwater coach Al Hunt found the young boy, Angel, on the side of Interstate 20 outside of Sweetwater at in the early morning hours of June 28, 2011. Rico, who was eventually arrested in Saginaw, north of Fort Worth, told authorities he had chocked the boy and left him for dead after “voices” told him to do so.

Rico was arrested and later indicted on charges of endangering a child, injury to a child and attempted capital murder. Authorities said when Angel was found, he had more than 500 cactus spines in his body.

Monday, a psychiatrist testified in court that Rico had had a psychotic episode when he tried to strangle his son. Testimony also indicated that Rico's mother was diagnosed with schizophrenia.

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