Jury Says Dad Sane When He Drowned His Four-Year-Old Son

An Orange County, California jury says a father was legally sane when he drowned his 4-year-old son in a bathtub.

Jurors who convicted Gideon Omondi of murder last week ruled Thursday that he knew his actions were morally wrong, meaning he faces prison time instead of hospital treatment.

The 38-year-old Fullerton man confessed to police hours after the 2006 killing. Prosecutors say he was angry because of a custody battle.

His defense lawyer argued Omondi suffered from a depressive mental disorder.

Jurors found he was legally sane, both during the killing and during a 2004 attempt to burn his son to death.

Omondi could have been sent to a state mental hospital if he'd been judged insane. He faces up to life in prison when he's sentenced in November.


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