Man arrested in death of 13-month-old whose body might be in Colorado landfill

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Rogers faces up to 20 years in prison. (Photo: Laramie County, Wyo., Sheriff's Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a 13-month-old boy whose body is believed to be in a Weld County landfill.

The Laramie County Sheriff’s Department in Wyoming said in a news release that Logan Rogers, 23, was under arrest. He is expected to be arraigned Friday afternoon on charges of manslaughter and reckless child endangering.

Investigators were going to begin searching a landfill off Weld County Road 25 near Ault on Friday morning but the start of the search has been pushed back to Monday at sunrise.

The sheriff’s department said in an earlier news release that the child was reported missing after his grandfather learned from the mother that she had not seen the boy since Saturday.

Deputies went to a home where the mother’s boyfriend had given the child to a man named Santiago so Santiago could take the boy fishing.

The sheriff’s department said the mother and the boyfriend did not know Santiago’s last name or where he lived.

Authorities believe the boy’s body was dumped in a trash bin at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne and the contents of that trash bin were taken to the landfill near Ault.

It’s not known how deputies learned the body was left at the community college.

“The trash bin was picked up and detectives are now in the process of making arrangements to search for the body of the child at the landfill in Ault,” the sheriff’s department said.

The mother and her boyfriend were brought in for questioning, the sheriff’s department said. The mother and her boyfriend have not been identified.

Rogers was arrested on Thursday, sheriff’s Capt. Linda Gesell said.

“We know that the body was dumped sometime Sunday night or Monday,” she said. “We are trying to narrow that down.”

It’s not clear if or how Rogers is related to the baby.