Jail records show that 27-year-old Raymond Licon Jr. was arrested on July 10 and released later that same day after posting bond.
He has not retained an attorney or entered a plea, officials say. Efforts to reach him directly were unsuccessful.
Authorities said that Licon’s 11-month-old son, Azrael Ezekiel Licon, drowned in the tub on June 20 after his dad allegedly left him alone during a bath in an upstairs bathroom, the El Paso Times and local TV station KVIA report.
Investigators claim Licon became distracted from his son while fighting with his estranged wife by phone and text, according to court documents obtained by local station KXAN.
It’s unclear how long the child was alone. But Licon called 911 at 9:19 p.m. — about 45 minutes after the argument started and after water had overflowed from the tub and started dripping through the ceiling onto the first floor of his apartment, according to documents, KXAN reports.
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