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Search begins in northern Colorado landfill for 13-month-old’s body

AULT, Colo. — After several days of delays, investigators on Tuesday morning began searching for the body of a 13-month-old boy believed to be in a northern Colorado landfill.

Officials with the Laramie and Weld counties sheriff’s offices, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, the Laramie County Office of Emergency Management, the 84th Civil Support Team from the Wyoming National Guard, Laramie County firefighters, Laramie County Road and Bridge, the Red Cross and the Salvation Army are aiding in the search.

Logan Rogers, 23, was arrested last week in connection with the death of the boy. Rogers is the boy’s mother’s boyfriend.

He was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter in the death of 13-month-old Silas Ojeda on or between Oct. 20 and Oct. 21.

Investigators were going to begin searching the landfill off Weld County Road 25 near Ault on Friday morning but it was pushed back to Monday at sunrise.

But it was delayed again after the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department in Wyoming said Rogers led officials “on a goose chase this weekend.”

Rogers, 23, was charged Friday with involuntary manslaughter for allegedly killing 13-month-old Silas Ojeda, his girlfriend’s son, on or between Oct. 20 and 21.

He’s also facing one count of reckless child endangering for allegedly knowingly and willfully causing or allowing the boy or absorb, inhale or ingest methamphetamine, according to charging documents.

The documents also said Rogers told investigators that the boy died, and he wrapped his body in a white comforter and put him in a trash bin on the Laramie County Community College campus, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.

The documents said investigators believe the boy “suffered child abuse and died … and afterward was transported in Rhiannon Ojeda’s vehicle by Logan Rogers to the LCCC campus, where he disposed of the child’s body in a Dumpster.”

Rhiannon Ojeda, 26, is the boy’s mother.

Rogers’ bond was set at $500,000 cash. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Nov. 9.

The sheriff’s department said the boy was reported missing Oct. 26 after his grandfather learned from the mother that she had not seen the boy since Oct. 22.

Deputies went to a home where Rogers lived with Ojeda and her son, according to court documents.

Rogers at first told Ojega and investigators that he gave the boy to a man named Santiago so Santiago could take the boy fishing, according to court documents. He did not know Santiago’s last name or where he lived.

He later changed his story to say the boy fell off a counter on Oct. 20 and hit his head. Rogers said the boy suffered a concussion and died at home the next day.

Rogers then told investigators he wrapped the boy in a white comforter and disposed him int a large trash bin at the community college.

He then changed his story again, telling investigators that he took the boy to a friend’s house and multiple people there were smoking methamphetamine around the boy. Rogers denied to investigators that he was smoking meth.

Rogers gave the boy a bath because he was very warm to the touch, then left the house and drove around for about two hours while delivering methamphetamine to customers, court documents said.