Eden Prairie father who drowned his son could be released

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The 38-year-old man who drowned his baby son about two years ago could be released after treatment, according to the Star Tribune.

Randel Richardson of Eden Prairie, Minn. had drowned his infant son in a laundry tub, a psychotic episode that was triggered by depression, as the 33-page order Richardson received.

Richardson's record was cleared of first-degree murder by reason of mental illness last April, the Star Tribune wrote.

The order noted that Richardson had no history of violence or mental illness before the committing the drowning, Star Tribune reported.

Judge Jay Quam ordered Wednesday that Richardson not to be considered indefinitely mentally ill and dangerous, according to KSTP.

While Richardson remains taking his medication for his mental illness, Quam wrote in the order that Richardson "will be forever reinforced by the shame and guilt" about what happened to his son, according to the Star Tribune. Quam also denied Hennepin County Attorney's request that Richardson remain at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter.

It is required with his mental condition that he remains committed as mentally ill and then re-evaluated to determine whether he could be released or transferred to a transitional program before returning to society, the Star Tribune stated.

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