Sweetwater, TX — Carlos Rico may be facing attempted murder charges after police say he abandoned his son, 4-year-old Angel Flores, in a cactus patch off of Interstate 20 early Tuesday morning.
According to Sweetwater police Chief Jim Kelley, Rico stopped his car along a cactus-lined stretch of Interstate 20 at about 3 a.m. Tuesday and “threw the boy out of the car like a bag of garbage.”
About 3.5 hours later, Sweetwater High School basketball coach Al Hunt was driving by and saw what he thought was a guardrail about 5-feet from the yellow line. Turns out it wasn’t a guardrail at all.
“It took me seconds to realize, ‘it’s a little kid there,’” the 54-year-old coach said.
Hunt grabbed the child and placed him in his vehicle and his son called the police. They tried to question the boy, but were unable to get much info out of him.
“He did hold up four fingers when I asked how old he was,” Hunt said.
When asked where his parents were, Hunt said the boy pointed east. Hunt had no idea the boy was practically covered in cactus spines. The kid never even complained.
“He didn’t say a word to me,” said Hunt. “He didn’t say a word to anybody. He never said a word.”
Rico’s cousin in Saginaw called police when Rico showed up to see him without his son. Investigators soon realized Rico was Angel’s father and he was taken into custody.
“Rico said he had a divine revelation to kill his son and throw him out of the car while on the road,” said Chief Kelly. “Rico told people at a gas station in Eastland that he had killed his son.”
Rico, 22, has been charged with child endangerment, but because it appeared as if Rico had attempted to strangle Angel, he may be looking at charges of attempted murder in the near future. Bond has been set at $50,000.
Angel was taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital in Sweetwater where he was treated for removal of the spines, and was released from the hospital Wednesday morning. His step-mother and an uncle are now with him, but at this point, he remains in the custody of the state.Tags: Abandonment, Angel Flores, Attempted Murder, Carlos Rico, Child Endangerment