Man Given Probation After Accepting Responsibility in Son's Death

Thursday, Sep 23, 2010  |  Updated 9:30 AM CDT
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Man Given Probation After Accepting Responsibility in Son's Death

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A Mansfield man serving 10 years in prison for leaving his toddler alone with his psychotic wife, who drowned their son, has been put on probation and released.

Prosecutors say 56-year-old Michael Maxon appears to be the first husband held criminally responsible in Texas cases involving mentally ill women who killed their children.

Maxon in April was convicted of intentionally abandoning his 1-year-old son, Alex, when he left the couple's home in 2006 to run errands.

A judge in 2008 found Valeria Maxon not guilty by reason of insanity in the drowning. She was sent to a state mental hospital.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Thursday that Michael Maxon and his psychologist testified Sept. 9 that he now accepts responsibility for his son's death. A judge then ordered probation.

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