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Police: Texas Man Dumps Young Son By Highway

Associated Press

June 29, 2011

SWEETWATER, Texas (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.


This booking photo provided by the Saginaw Police Department shows 22-year-old Carlos Rico.

“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.

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.

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.

Associated Press writer Betsy Blaney can be reached at

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

  • Old_pictures_097_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I have always beleived we should do to them what they did to those they hurt. The victim didn't get the choice why should they.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    I don't care what the pc excuse is, the fact is that we all have a little thing called free-will. These disturbed individuals have it as well and need to be held accountable for using it for evil. No excuses, no pc rhetoric.
    Knowing the difference between right and wrong doesn't cut it... the only things that should be taken into account are; did they know they were doing it, did they do it and can we prove it. Simple and effective.
    PS: 1/3 of all state executions are conducted in the Lone Star State... God bless Texas!

  • M_9667fc2c687f23a8152f2bc98d03777d_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Cheers to the man who stopped to help this child! Nice to see someone doing the right thing these days. As for the "father" of the kiddo... may he burn in Hell, slowly.

  • Image_max50


    about 3 years ago


    So thankful this child was rescued! As for his father - bullet to the head.

  • L_ae1b658846e2d300078fb1b39c85f297_max50


    about 3 years ago


    BUMP DDemlong

    What a tool. Lock him up and put that kid in a good home. Glad the coach was alert and spotted this kid before he ran into traffic. And again what a tool. He needs to be put down.

  • Wyatt_max50


    about 3 years ago


    What a turd......thank God for honest people.....Grow up and be a fireman kid!!!!

  • Img_20111016_163737_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Maybe there should be regulations on who can reproduce in the first place.

  • Robocop_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Roger that sniper635- dont mess with Texas

  • 04-10-08_1552_max50


    about 3 years ago


    @ Doc_Ross: Death row is for the criminally insane in Texas. We don't have the time, money or will, to put up with them. If they are that crazy, put 'em down.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    GODSPEED to the little kid and
    praise GOD that the coach found him, ALIVE!

  • Robocop_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Primer on mental illness:

    Scizophrenic-detached from reality/ psycotic, paranoid, disorganized, delusional. auditory hallucnations- the guy that thinks he's napoieon and trys to grap your sidearm.

    Bipolar-stay up for three day, talks really fast, can be psycotic as well

    depression- wants to die;maybe take others like you wiith him.

    Causes Who knows but can be caused by toxicities- everything from meth to heavymetals and medications, or tumors /infection. Texas tower shooter 1960's had a golf ball in his head Drug abuse make s them all worse. This guy may be psycotic on drugs

    Cant tell you how to do your job, BUT these patients/ suspects can be talked down. Your at a disadvantage, I get in a room with a 250 lbs psycotic meth head a can make him cry. Sometimes they dont like cops/ uniforms; they have been tackled before. Taser could work, had a rookiee pull a pistol on one in the ER. Big problem if a round goes through the wall and hits someone else.Fourty caliber rounds may be better spent on gangsters and other assorted hoodlems.

  • Thinker_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I think someone needs to tell one of his fellow cell mates to choke and expel him from this earth. What a POS...

  • N1023300020_30025442_7610_max50


    about 3 years ago


    i am so glad that the coach noticed this little boy and stopped!

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Evil does exist! Hope the POS gets attempted capital murder, Hope he is thrown to the animals in GPOP.......

    Hope Lil man is placed with a good family that will give him all the support and love he deservs.
    Bless you Lil man for you are Gods child, you will survive and be blessed.

  • 100_0364_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Give me 2 minutes in the cell with this P.O.S. and he will talking to more than god when I am through if he can think or talk at all. Hope the boy is ok not only now, but for the rest of his life. I have a 2 year old and this one has got my blood boiling like it never has.

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