Insanity Verdict Acquits Man In Son's Ditching

SWEETWATER, Texas (AP) - A judge has found a West Texas man not guilty by reason of insanity of attempted capital murder in the abandonment of his 4-year-old son along a rural West Texas highway in the middle of the night.

State District Judge Glen Harrison also ordered Carlos Rico to be committed to the maximum-security North Texas State Hospital in Vernon for examination. In 30 days, he'll be returned to Harrison's Nolan County courtroom for assessment of his mental progress. At that time, the judge will decide whether to keep Rico hospitalized.

A passing motorist found Rico's son along Interstate 20 near Sweetwater about 3 a.m. June 28. Rico was accused of choking the boy and dumping him on the road. Doctors removed at least 500 cactus spines from the child's body.