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El Paso police officer found not guilty in son's drowning

Raymond Licon is on trial for the death of his 11-month-old son who drowned in a bathtub while under his care, police said.

The police officer accused in the drowning of his 11-month-old son was found not guilty of injury to a child.

On Thursday, the judge dropped two of the three charges he faces.

Judge Susan Larson acquitted Raymond Licon Jr. on charges of abandoning and endangering a child and criminal negligent homicide.

Prosecutors asked Larson to reconsider.

Licon was facing a reckless injury to a child charge in the death of his 11-month-old son, Azrael Ezekiel Licon, who died when Licon allegedly left him unattended in a bathtub with the water running last year.

While on the stand, Licon said he was on the phone with the mother of his children when he heard something going on with his daughter downstairs of their northeast apartment. Licon said he went to check on her and left the baby in the tub.

Attorney Tom Hughes was happy with the judge's decision to acquit Licon of two charges.

“The judge, I’m happy, ruled in our favor and gave a directive verdict on count one and count three, which means on those charges he’s been acquitted on essentially,” Hughes said.

In closing arguments, state prosecutors reminded the jury that Licon took responsibility for the death of his son when he took the stand Wednesday and said Licon “consciously” disregarded the infant when he turned on the water and walked away.

Reporter Claudia Tristán is in the courtroom. Follow her on Twitter @ClaudiaKFOX_CBS for live updates on this trial.


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