Calif. teen on trial in 4-year-old boy's drowning

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Posted: Apr 18, 2011 5:51 PM
Calif. teen on trial in 4-year-old boy's drowning

The trial of a California teen accused of molesting and drowning a 4-year-old neighbor boy in a bathtub has begun with an audio tape in which he describes the killing to investigators.

The Fresno Bee reports that Raul Castro of Mendota could be heard on the nearly hour-long tape saying he unsuccessfully tried to sexually assault Alex Mercado.

On the tape played in court Monday, Castro says the preschooler started to cry. He said he didn't know what to do, so he drowned Alex and then put him inside the clothes dryer.

The now-15-year-old Castro is being charged as an adult with five felonies, including murder and lewd acts on a child.

Castro has waived his right to a jury trial, so the case will be decided by a judge.