Man who left child for dead found not guilty - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Man who left child for dead found not guilty

KTXS in Abilene is reporting that a man who allegedly tried to strangle his 4-year-old son and leave him alongside Interstate 20 near Sweetwater has been found not guilty of attempted capital murder by reason of insanity.

On Monday a Sweetwater judge declared 22-year-old Carlos Rico insane after a trial only lasting a few hours.

Back in June, Sweetwater Police Chief Jim Kelly says Rico told them he had a religious experience and that God told him to choke and leave his 4-year-old son Angel Flores on the side of the road.

More than three hours after Rico had left his son near I-20, Sweetwater basketball coach Al Hunt found Angel near the busy road covered in more than 400 cactus spines.

Kelly says Rico continued east toward his brother's home near Fort Worth. Along the way Kelly says Rico stopped at a gas station in Eastland and told the clerks he had killed his son.

Once Rico arrived at his brother's home in Saginaw, he was convinced to turn himself into authorities.

On Monday both the state and defense waived their rights to a jury trial, leaving the decision up to a single judge. A psychiatrist testified that Rico had a psychotic episode and that he was suicidal at the time of the incident.

The psychiatrist also testified Rico's mother has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.

The judged ruled that Rico is insane and ordered him to stay at the Vernon State Hospital in North Texas. He will be under evaluation for 30 days, and another hearing will be set to determine whether he is a threat to the public.

After the incident last summer, Angel was placed in Child Protective Services. He will remain in foster care until a future hearing to decide where he will live.

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