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Published March 28, 2012, 03:43 PM

Judge: MN Man Who Drowned Son Could be Released

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for the eventual release of an Eden Prairie man who drowned his infant son in a laundry tub.

By: Associated Press,

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge has cleared the way for the eventual release of an Eden Prairie man who drowned his infant son in a laundry tub.

Judge Jay Quam on Wednesday ordered that 38-year-old Randel Richardson not be committed indefinitely as mentally and dangerous.

Quam denied the Hennepin County Attorney's request that Richardson remain at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter.

Instead, the Star Tribune reports the judge ordered that Richardson receive intensive treatment before an eventual return to society. That release might not happen for several months if not years.

Richardson was found mentally ill when he drowned his 6-month-old son Rowan in the basement of the family home nearly two years ago.

Richardson testified last month that he is not dangerous and is willing to undergo intensive treatment.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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