Father Who Abandoned Son on Highway Faces Jail Time

Courtesy: Sweetwater Reporter
Courtesy: Sweetwater Reporter

Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

SWEETWATER - We're learning more about the man who abandoned his four-year-old son on a highway in Sweetwater early Tuesday morning.

According to information gathered by KTXS out of Abilene, the father, Carlos Rico, turned himself in to Saginaw law enforcement. That's near Fort Worth.

Reports said the boy's uncle was the one who made Rico go to law enforcement.

Rico is being charged with endangering a child after his four-year-old son was found right in the middle of I-20 in Sweetwater around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

He was found by a local high school coach and was taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital to be treated.

He was covered in cactus thorns, so much so that doctors had to put him under to take them out. He was also suffering from dehydration.

Sweetwater Police still aren't sure how the child, being nicknamed "Angel", wound up on the highway.

The investigation is ongoing.

NewsWest 9 was told the boy's step-mother from Lubbock is on her way to Sweetwater to get the boy and answer investigators' questions.

Child Protective Services told NewsWest 9 Tuesday night that they are also investigating the case and have taken the boy into temporary custody.

Stay tuned to NewsWest 9 as we continue to keep you updated on the case.