Texas mom ruled insane in toddler's hot-tub death

FORT WORTH — Valeria Maxon believed that she was a witch and that her 1-year-old son, Alex, was the Antichrist. She was certain that her only child was possessed by the devil, was dying and would start the apocalypse and bring about the end of the world. Only water could keep the evil spirits away and save the world.

So on June 30, 2006, while her husband was out running errands, Maxon put her son in the hot tub in the back yard of their home and let him drown. Maxon still thinks she did the right thing

On Thursday, state District Judge Wayne Salvant found Maxon, 33, not guilty by reason of insanity and ordered that she be sent to a maximum-security state mental hospital for treatment rather than to prison for punishment.

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