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4-Year-Old Boy Thrown From Moving Car By His Own Father

By Danielle Sullivan |

Carlos Rico, Angel Flores, child abuse, dad throws boy out of car, texas dad throws boy from car

Little Angel had over 500 cactus spines in his body when police found him.

You hear a lot of horrible situation when you cover parenting news, but this story is pretty disturbing. A Texas father was driving on the highway during the night when he said he heard God tell him to choke his son and throw him out of the moving car, and that’s just what he did.

Luckily, the boy was found by Texas police who say it was one of the worst cases he has seen:

“I’ve seen a lot of bad things,” Sweetwater Police Chief Jim Kelley. “This is absolutely a first. I’ve never seen a 4-year-old angel left on the side of the road for dead.”

Four-year-old Angel Flores was found by Al Hunt, a local high school basketball coach who was driving down the highway around 3am when he noticed the boy. The child had bruises on his neck and over 500 cactus spines stuck  in his body.

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

The boy’s father Carlos Rico was arrested just hours later and charged with child endangerment. He was held on $50,000 bail.  There was no history of abuse according to police, and the father’s charges may be upgraded to attempted murder because the boy is less than six years old.

I hope the charges are changed. It most certainly was attempted murder. The 4-year-old was left to die on the highway and had been wandering around for hours before he was found, injured and full of cactus spikes. Rico deserves to have the book thrown at him.

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Danielle Sullivan

Danielle Sullivan writes for Babble Pets. She is also an award-winning parenting writer, who authors a monthly column for NY Parenting and ASPCA Parents blog. You can read more of her work at her blog,Some Puppy To Love. Read bio and latest posts → Read Danielle's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “4-Year-Old Boy Thrown From Moving Car By His Own Father

  1. LBH says:

    absolutely horrifying. I sense that an insanity defense is on the horizon, and who knows, maybe Dad is crazy, but my heart breaks for that little boy and I hope Dad goes away for a long long time.

  2. Risespecialist says:

    This guy did not hear a message from God, but rather he is either nuts or on some plant food drugs or some other one. I hope the kid is put in a loving home.

  3. Donna says:

    Hearing command hallucinations is not that uncommon for some people with schizophrenia. So to him, it probably was coming from God. I guess that would make him “nuts”.

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