CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming authorities on Friday announced a manslaughter charge has been filed against a man suspected in the death of a 13-month old baby. A search for the baby’s body is set to begin Monday in a northern Colorado landfill.
The baby was identified as Silas Anthony Ojeda of Cheyenne, said Capt. Linda Gesell of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office.
The suspect, 23-year-old Logan Hunter Rogers of Cheyenne, was scheduled to appear in court Friday on charges of manslaughter and reckless child endangerment, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
But the hearing was abruptly canceled after Rogers asked to speak with detectives, Gesell said.
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The sheriff’s office did not disclose details about Rogers’ relationship to the baby.
The boy’s grandfather reported the child missing on Wednesday after the boy’s mother told him she had not seen her son since Saturday, the sheriff’s office has said.
Investigators interviewed an unidentified person at the boy’s home on Thursday who confirmed the boy was dead and that his body had been dumped into a trash container at a local community college.
Investigators working with a sanitation company determined that trash from the container is taken to a landfill in Ault, Colorado.
They plan to start searching for the boy’s body at the landfill on Monday, Gesell said.
Richard Ojeda, the boy’s grandfather, declined Friday to discuss details of the case in an interview with The Associated Press because he said he did not want to jeopardize the criminal investigation.
He said his grandson would have turned 14 months old on Friday.
“He was perfect, all grandchildren are perfect,” Ojeda said. “We just want him home so we can give him a decent burial.”