Dad convicted of leaving son with psychotic wife

January 29, 2010 4:18:08 PM PST
A man was convicted Friday of leaving his 1-year-old son alone with his psychotic wife who drowned the boy in their hot tub. Jurors deliberated about 30 minutes before convicting Michael Maxon of intentionally abandoning his son when he left their Mansfield house in 2006 to run errands. Maxon faces from two to 20 years in prison.

According to testimony, doctors and relatives had warned him not to leave baby Alex alone with his wife because of her delusions, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in Friday online editions.

In 2008 a judge found Valeria Maxon innocent by reason of insanity. She was sent to a state mental hospital as required by law.

She believed that her baby was the anti-Christ who would be tortured before causing the Apocalypse.


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