Saginaw Man Dumps 4-Year-Old Son By Highway

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SWEETWATER (AP) – A father abandoned his 4-year-old son along a West Texas highway, and the injured boy spent several hours alone in the dark before a passing motorist picked him up, police said.

Carlos Rico, 22, stopped his car along a cactus-lined stretch of Interstate 20 near Sweetwater at about 3 a.m. Tuesday and “threw the boy out of the car like a bag of garbage,” Sweetwater police Chief Jim Kelley told the Abilene Reporter-News on Tuesday.

The boy was picked up about three hours later by the local high school basketball coach and taken to a hospital, where doctors removed at least 500 cactus spines from the child’s body, Kelley said. The boy was in the state’s custody on Wednesday.

“I’ve seen a lot of bad things. This is absolutely a first. I’ve never seen a 4-year-old angel left on the side of the road for dead. He’s such a sweet little boy,” he said.

Rico was driving from Lubbock to Saginaw when he abandoned his son, and he was taken into custody Tuesday by police in the Fort Worth suburb, Saginaw police spokesman Damon Ing told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Rico’s cousin called police when Rico showed up to see him without his son, and investigators determined that Rico was the father of the boy found near Sweetwater, he said.

Rico told Saginaw investigators that God told him to choke the boy and expel him from the car, Kelley said. There was bruising on the boy’s throat, he said.

Ing said Rico had been charged with child endangerment and did not have a lawyer representing him. His bond was set at $50,000.

Al Hunt, the motorist who found the boy, said he initially thought he was looking at a guardrail post until it moved.

“It took me seconds to realize, `it’s a little kid there,”‘ the 54-year-old coach said.

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He said he pulled over and, not seeing a vehicle the child might have been in, ran across the road and scooped the boy into his arms. He said the boy’s lips were cracked as if he were dehydrated, and that the only response the boy gave to his questions was when he held up four fingers when Hunt asked his age.

“He didn’t say a word to me. He didn’t say a word to anybody. He never said a word,” Hunt said.

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Kelley said Rico would be brought to Sweetwater, about 225 miles west of Dallas, where he could face additional charges, including attempted murder or attempted capital murder, which could apply because the boy is younger than 6, he said.

The boy’s stepmother in Lubbock came to Sweetwater to be with him. The whereabouts of the boy’s biological mother were not immediately known, and it was unclear if she is involved in his life.

Marleigh Meisner, a spokeswoman for Child Protective Services, told The Associated Press that there is no history of abuse involving the boy’s family. She said a custody hearing is set for July 7.

Kelley says Rico told Saginaw police that God told made him do it.

Rico is charged with child endangerment and could face other charges.

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One Comment

  1. C Bauer says:

    Child endangerment charges. How about a shotgun blast to the face for this lowlife piece of fecal matter?

    1. 2sister says:

      I heard that they are probably going to charge him with attempted murder.

  2. YRofTexas says:

    He must have gotten his inspiration from Ms. Casey Anthony?

    1. Rick says:

      Don’t you mean Mr. George Anthony?

    2. YRofTexas says:

      No. Casey Anthony.
      Methinks her lawyers have confused you too much!
      ‘Tis Casey girl.
      None other.

  3. fred says:

    If you don’t want your son, I can take him, my boys would love a new brother to have fun with. There are allot of people like me that feel the same way. We will take the future from you so you can live in the now.

  4. tODD says:

    This m-fer Carlos Rico needs to be shot.I hope the other prisoners in jail or prison shiv this SOB.

  5. Jose Morales says:

    Give me the kid I will be the best father for him and my other kids will love him too. He will know what a real home is. And for RICO KILL THE SOB! GOD IF YOU ARE UP THERE YOU SUKKK!

    1. 2sister says:

      What this man did was terrible, but it’s not God’s fault. God gave us a free-will. We are not robots.

      1. ZZ Toppings says:

        Right. WILL is also the excuse for unanswered prayers (100% fail record so far in my book). It’s God’s will (regarding prayer) and it’s human free will (regarding the sh!t that goes on in the world). Yes, two great “outs” in the Judeo-Christian teachings that people comfortably buy into. I believe in a Creator, but a personal God? Please.

    2. 2sister says:

      What this man did was terrible, but it was not God’s fault. We have free-wills. God did not make us to be robots. This man just used his free-will to do something sad and terrible.

  6. catheryn says:

    Lord Jesus please come soon,people are evil very evil!

    1. Duh says:

      People have been evil since the dawn of time. You’ve read the history of the world, right?

  7. jerry says:

    2012 will be end of world!!!!! i hope. Where is god letting all demon hurting all his children?

    1. Que? says:

      Why wait for 2012?

  8. Ana says:

    This is truly sad. Some people do not deserve children. Here’s a a tip: if you don’t want kids, don’t have them. I hope this little boy lands in the arms of a truly loving home.

    1. Barney Fife says:

      Don’t want kids? Get a vasectomy. Hopefully he’ll get one “prison style” from the inmates. People who hurt children don’t win popularity contests in the joint.

  9. Primetime Editorials says:

    SO SAD

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