El Paso of­fi­cer ar­gued with wife as baby drowned

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An El Paso of­fi­cer ar­gued with his wife on the phone as his baby drowned in an over­flow­ing bath­tub last month, po­lice said.

Ray­mond Li­con Jr., 27, was ar­rested Mon­day on a charge of crim­i­nal neg­li­gent homi­cide, the El Paso Times reports.

Li­con was up­stairs in his apart­ment bathing his son, 11-month-old Azrael Ezekiel Li­con, on June 20 when he started ar­gu­ing with his wife over text mes­sages and at some point left Azrael alone, ac­cord­ing to an af­fi­davit.

The cou­ple, who are sep­a­rated, con­tin­ued the ar­gu­ment over a 45-minute phone call.

“In the course of the text mes­sages and voice call, the de­fen­dant for­got about the vic­tim, whom he left in the sec­ond-floor bath­tub with the wa­ter run­ning,” the af­fi­davit states.

The tub re­port­edly started to flood the bath­room, leak­ing through to the first floor.

When Li­con found Azrael un­re­spon­sive in the wa­ter, he called 911 and started CPR, but his son was pro­nounced dead at a hos­pi­tal.

Li­con, who has been re­lieved of his du­ties, told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that he blamed him­self for his son’s death, the af­fi­davit states.

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