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Texas Father Gets Custody Of Ricin-Suspect’s Baby

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NEW BOSTON, Texas (AP) — The estranged husband of a Texas woman charged with sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has won temporary custody of the couple’s newborn son.The Texarkana Gazette ( ) reports a judge in New Boston on Monday granted temporary custody to Nathaniel Richardson. He’s divorcing Shannon Guess Richardson, who remains in federal custody and faces a competency hearing Wednesday in Texarkana.

The incarcerated woman gave birth July 4 to a premature son. She wasn’t present at the custody hearing.

An affidavit says Shannon Richardson tried to implicate her husband in the ricin letters before her June 7 arrest. He has not been charged.

Shannon Richardson has been accused of sending tainted letters to Obama, Bloomberg and to a leader of the mayor’s gun-control group.


Information from: Texarkana Gazette,

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