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Texas father gets custody of ricin-suspect's baby

Published On: Aug 27 2013 09:47:54 AM CDT   Updated On: Aug 27 2013 09:50:07 AM CDT

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.

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.

According to an affidavit, 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.