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Theodore Madrid allegedly drunk and high when he killed 2-year-old Caden Rodgers (47)

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Update: Given the information contained in the arrest affidavit for Theodore Madrid, it's no surprise that he's now been charged with first-degree murder in the death of two-year-old Caden Rodgers. According to the document, Madrid was well over the legal limit for drunkenness behind the wheel -- .177 blood alcohol content -- and had also been smoking marijuana. See the complete affidavit below.

According to the document, first obtained by the Aurora Sentinel, police officers arriving on the scene found Caden motionless, with blood on the back of his head, swollen bruises on his forehead, a small cut on his lip and blood in his mouth.

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Caden Rodgers.
During an interview with police, Madrid reportedly said he had been wrestling with Caden when he "body alarmed" him on the bed. When questioned about the term, he changed it to "body slammed." The wrestling had continued after that, Madrid added, claiming that in the midst of the sport, he had tackled the boy, and speculated that he had struck his head on an unknown object.

As for Madrid, he admitted that he had been smoking marijuana "around 12:00HRS," the report states, and said he'd had a couple of shots and beers the previous day. However, officers say Madrid had the strong smell of alcohol on his breath, as well as watery eyes and slurred speech. After submitting to a breathalyzer test, Madrid blew a .177 BAC.

Oh yeah: Officers observed a bloody rag and a metal mattress frame with blood residue on it.

Here's Madrid's arrest affidavit. Below it, find our earlier coverage of the crime. Also of note: Our post about Southwest Airlines holding a flight for Caden's grandfather after learning what had happened to the child.

Update, 11:21 a.m. January 7: Earlier this week, Theodore Madrid, thirty, was booked on suspicion of felony child abuse after a toddler in his care was found in critical condition. Last night, the child, Caden Rodgers, died -- and the Aurora district attorney's office is already working on updating the charges against Madrid. Below, find the details courtesy of the Aurora Police Department, as well as a larger look at the suspect.

Aurora Police Department release, January 6:

Crimes Against Children Unit Investigates Boyfriend for Child Abuse

Aurora, Colo. -- Crimes Against Children detectives took Theodore I. Madrid, 30, of Aurora into custody early Wednesday morning after a young child in his care was found with life-threatening injuries.

During the early morning hours of January 5, 2011, shortly after 12:30 a.m. patrol officers responded to a 911 call at an apartment in the 100 block of Dayton Street. Officers arrived and found Theodore Madrid, his girlfriend, and a toddler inside the apartment. The child, who was injured, was in critical condition and was transported to a local hospital by fire/rescue personnel.

During the course of investigation, officers developed probable cause to arrest Theodore Madrid for investigation of felony child abuse. Madrid was arrested and transported to the Aurora Detention Center. Crimes Against Children (CAC) detectives responded to the scene to take charge of the investigation.

Madrid is currently in the Arapahoe County Jail. His bond has been set at $500,000.

The CAC Unit has released Madrid's arrest photo, which has been sent with this news release.

Police are not releasing the name of the child.

This investigation remains active and on-going.

Aurora Police Department release, January 7:

Update -- Crimes Against Children Unit Investigates Boyfriend for Child Abuse

Aurora, Colo. -- The toddler that was taken to the hospital early Wednesday morning succumbed to his injuries last night. Two year old, Caden Rodgers, was pronounced dead at approximately 9:20 p.m.

Theodore I. Madrid is still being held in Arapahoe County jail. Detectives are working with the District Attorney's Office to update the charges and the bond.

If you have any further questions please contact Sergeant Cassidee Carlson 303-739-6616.

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Theodore Madrid.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Travis Anderson guilty of letting abused child die while he surfed Internet about stolen tools."

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Krista Is
Krista Is

we all know what type of mother she is... she is just as bad as her boyfriend stop trying to cover up for her look at her crazy ass partying pictures on facebook she should be charged with parental neglect deffinetly

Victoria Illescas
Victoria Illescas

that ugly ass man deserves everything he is going to get in prison i hope he rots in jail. that little boy is now in a better place and my nephew mourns for his little brother every fay now thanks asshole

Ash
Ash

I HATE when others place blame upon individuals who were not at fault. Perhaps this woman should have made better choices as to who she let into her child's life...to those who would love to see her behind bars, I am sure there is NO punishment that will ever compare to the loss she is suffering! She, too, is a victim...perhaps we should all try to be a little less judgemental!

CindyColo
CindyColo

The fact that she needed to work is no excuse for leaving her child with scum like this to "take care" of her little boy. THE MOTHER decided to leave her son and therefore, it's HER RESPONSIBLITY. The fact she was even dating this man shows she put her needs ahead of her son's. This guy is a loser. No one should make excuses for her, and his past really is irrelevant. She knew what kind of man he was since she had been dating him for a few months. I don't buy for a minute that she didn't know he drank heavily or liked to smoke pot. He was probably drunk when she left for work. These women need to get some self respect and restraint.

I remember an article talking about men who kill their girlfriend's children (fathered by another man). They see the children as a threat and get rid of them. Sick, sick, sick. My heart breaks every time I read one of these, and it happens way too often.

Joe_blow_281
Joe_blow_281

Where the the H word in all this? It seems like a hate crime to me

Esther Madrid
Esther Madrid

Both ashley and ted m. need to take their own lives..this tragedy is so disgusting..that lil angel never did anything to those sick idiots. Ashley needs to b rite next to ted..they both need to get the f#*k beat out of them until their not moving, get slammed against the wall, bust their f#*kn head open. Oh..the sad thing is ashleys stupid azz was aware of teds past, teds alcoholism,teds drug use..cuz she would buy it for him,she seen it happen b.fore &NEVER said or defended that gorgeous lil angel..stupid b#$@h bought her sons death..just to make a sick disgusting bastard like ted happy..F€*kn DISGUSTING!!

Carl L J
Carl L J

I'm sure Teddy will get some BUTT SLAMMING by some of his new friends at his new address.That little boy was wondering," Where is my mommie?....Where is my daddy?" while teddy,who will need anal lube, was doped-up. I thought marajuana makes you mellow? Who WAS PROTECTING CADEN RODGERS?

Jon
Jon

Wake up white man.

lml
lml

Bottom line is it is a parent's job to protect their child, she failed miserably. I am sure it is not the first time this man was drunk and high around this poor boy(God rest his soul)

Fanny
Fanny

I can't believe how many people are judging this poor woman. Did she make a bad choice to be with this guy yes, but people lie... we don't know what he said to her. For all we know her could have been playing the part of Prince Charming to gain her trust when really underneath it all he's really some drug addicted child abusing asshole. It's not like you can do a background check one everyone you meet. Absolutely she should be a better judge of character, especially when it involves a child, but can you honestly say that you have never been in a relationship where someone was pretending to be something they're not? I'm not justifying her actions I'm just simply saying that we may not be seeing the entire picture here and I think we should all reserve judgement until we have more solid facts. It sounds to me like the mother was at work and when she came home she found her son in this condition and called 911. If that's the case then I don't understand how she could be charged with negligence. If she left her son in the care of someone she thought was reliable and responsible then she may be a bad judge of character but this doesn't make her a bad person or a bad mother. I do however hope this asshole gets beaten up everyday for the rest of his miserable life all the while becoming someone named Bubba's prison bitch.

RIP Caden... sleep with the angels tonight.

tech_ed
tech_ed

What I don't understand is what woman would want someone who obviously looks like a criminal as their boyfriend? I mean, just look at the guy! It is plain to see that this guy is accustomed to being up to no good! Just from his mugshot, you can see he has no redeeming qualities! Someone needs to talk to this woman and get her some counseling...her life choices need to be re-examined!

Vgisondi
Vgisondi

r u telling me the mother didnt know she shacked up with a loser? and this was a completely random act and that nothing similar happened before? riggghhhtttttttt

Vgisondi
Vgisondi

wait a minute, the report says the mother was there!!! wtf!!! what is it with these idiot women? i blame them most

Teresab
Teresab

She left her precious little boy with a drunk, drugged monster......that's all I need to know about her................She deserves to die along with the monster!

Mg
Mg

The mother was at the apt, why wasn't she arrested too?

Boblugnd
Boblugnd

Ok.... since we can't judge here, let's just go with statistics. I've never seen the mother but 10 to 1 odds, she's an unattractive,overweight white girl that was starved for attention so she settled for this bottom feeding piece of trash. I hope the other prisoners give him due justice otherwise our court system will feed him ice cream and give him appeals for the next 20 years.

Rebecca
Rebecca

Actually Ashley Rodgers, mother of Caden Rodgers, is a piece of sh*t since she put her child at risk by leaving him in the care of a pot-smoking drunk. H*ll, she chose Theodore as her boyfriend, and women who choose men like that do so because of common bonds and habits like "pot-smoking".Hope your boyfriend was worth it, you, immature and worthless excuse of a mother!!!O, and btw...don't reproduce again. You don't deserve another child!!

rudytoot4
rudytoot4

He should be killed!! Dont waste are tax money on this piece of #@!hit

Rachelle171986
Rachelle171986

Women please start doing some research, getting to know these guys, etc before you let them move in with you and your children. How many stories have you heard of the "live in boyfriend" killing some women's child or abusing them? Come on!! Protect your children

Deznyc73
Deznyc73

Ok, so this poor child was only 2 1/2 years old and the mother is already out of the relationship with the bio dad and in a relationship with some other loser. It sounds like leaving Caden alone with this P.O.S., is not the first bad choice she's made. Single mothers, stop trying to find a man, worry about your kids!!! When your kids are grown, you will have time to worry about your needs again. I am married with 2 kids, the last thing I have time for is my husband. We love eachother, but the kids come first. When do these women have time for boyfriends?

Lorax
Lorax

The mother of Caden shares in this crime. She picked this bastard loser and left her child alone with him. She should be charged with neglect and as an accessory to murder.

Jennifer Culbertson
Jennifer Culbertson

Why would she leave her child in the care of a drug addict? This is hardly brain surgery.

Unfortunately it is too late for this child, but other single moms can maybe keep an eye out. Don't get involved with people with the capacity to do this and if you just have to have this guy, don't ever let him around your kids. They are your kids, not your boyfriends kids.

SpeakinDaFacts
SpeakinDaFacts

Women, when are you going to wake up and be more aware of whom watches your kids??? How many more deaths does it take for some of you all to wake up??? My heart bleeds for these innocent babes. They did not ask to be brought into this world. You as a parent are their sole means of protection. You make me sick when you put YOUR life before theirs. God bless this poor soul.

Robert
Robert

Alcohol Peddlers of America Newsflash: Theodore Madrid was drunk AND HIGH when he murdered his child!

Does this mean that cannabis contributes to child murder? No, and what differential data exists implicates alcohol (but not cannabis) in impulsive, reckless, and aggressive behavior under its influence. If anyone who chooses to use cannabis forgoes getting drunk, they are far less likely to commit criminal acts (defined as acts against persons or property).

People seek causes for tragedy. Despite all the evidence of the harm it causes, as long as alcohol remains legal, we should ask ourselves whether our laws rationally address its abuse. Because of their effects, the use of drugs such as alcohol and methamphetamine have particular risks in parents. It is only appropriate that we monitor the sales and purchase of such dangerous drugs, and take cognizance of parents' use of such drugs whenever other criminal allegations are made of their behavior. Our response instead is to shrug our shoulders about the harms caused by alcohol and to completely falsify the relative dangers of drugs, which has created an invertion in the severity of criminal sanctions imposed versus the harm caused by (all) drugs. Our culture's response to the personal use of recreational drugs is comparable in its hysteria and irrationality to the burning of witches before the Enlightenment, and all the people posturing about illicit drugs are very much akin to the witch-finders. As long as we accord such scum completely undue respect, we will never rationalize our drug laws and in particular, effectively address alcoholism in parents.

Ourlove962008
Ourlove962008

She was there read the recent reports not only that this was not the first time he crossed the line with a child let alone Caden she is responsable she let him back in after making him leave for abuse hello

Harteegirl
Harteegirl

CindyColo,

I agree totally. This wasn't one of those con jobs, where someone is living a double life, and able to pull off being one kind of person while actually being another in personality. Usually, people are attracted to or date certain types of people for a reason. I married a man that in hindsight was a lot like my father. My father abandoned us, this man came from a family where he was abandoned, and did the same to me and his two infant children. Looking back, I realized I was as much to fault. He may have "said" he liked having a family, but his actions proved otherwise (never came home, always away every weekend, having affairs, etc). I blame myself for not being honest about the type of man he was. Even before we got married, I thought I could be the Florence Nightingale and change the parts of this character that were wanting. What changed ME? Counseling and the Bible. When people ask why I haven't gotten married, it is because right now it isn't my priority, my kids are. Am I saying there aren't good men who would make great stepdads out there? Yes, I believe there are, because I have seen it. But I don't think Caden's mom was ignorant to the type of man she was dating. No one can disguise that type of drinking, etc. And if they were living together, I am sure of it. It's hard to believe she might not have engaged in similar behavior. Do I think she thought this man would kill her son? Not for me to say. I do have questions, however, about any person who would leave their child with someone who drinks like that. And if she didn't know him better, why did she leave her child with him? Who watched the child BEFORE the boyfriend moved in? So many questions, but the fact remains a child is dead. He was left with a monster. The one person who needed to stand guard was either in collusion or totally ignorant. We can say, "Where was the father?" but that doesn't absolve the mother, does it? My children's father has chosen to have nothing to do with his daughters since he walked out on them when they were 2 years old and 8 months old. They have been my sole responsibility since that day. So I make it MY business to see that they are safe and in good hands when I am working. They would be dead if I was waiting for their father to step up to the plate. So, is Caden's father to blame for not being their for his son? ABSOLUTELY! God's word calls parents like that "infidels", and they are. He left his family to the wolves. But in lieu of a bum, his mother then had the sole responsibility, and she failed. Caden paid the price. And as long as we continue to stay ignorant (and that's to any parent, male or female, who invites a boyfriend or girlfriend with a shady lifestyle into their homes with their kids), and keep passing the blame, more children will die. I DO NOT BELIEVE IT IS BEING JUDGMENTAL TO SAY SINGLE MOTHERS NEED TO BE VERY AWARE OF THE COMPANY THEY ARE KEEPING, BECAUSE IT COULD MEAN THE DEATH OF THEIR CHILDREN! I actually think it's a wake up statement, and if it saves a child's life by making one woman (or man) out their think twice about who they invite to watch their children, or the boyfriends they have, BRAVO!

Kungpaochicken87
Kungpaochicken87

Amen girls....I only wish I had listened to you both sooner, thank God I got out when I did I owe u both my life.

nelly
nelly

And the biggest bitch has spoken!! I'll back ya up Esther cause your right and everything you said you've seen wit your own eyes. Along wit the way he was towards Izzy and myself,the mother's of this degenerates kids.This has hit too fucking close to home for me cause, that couldv'e been my girl!! I however was brave and chose to throw that stupid-ass out of our lives. I didn't want her to see what I saw growing up and I dam sure didn't want her to be treated like a dam dog!!! MY CHILD DESERVES SOOO MUCH MORE THEN HER DAD'S ABUSE!!!!!! But I was the bitch for not letting him see her alone, and I was the bitch who didn't want that life, well this bitch is proud to be a bitch who protected her child, and check it out, THIS POST WILL NOT BE REMOVED, I DNT CARE WAT BUCK-TOOTH, NOSEY LIL BIATCH HAS TO SAY BOUT ME CUZ THE FACTS ARE WAT HAS BEEN PRESENTED BITCH!!!!!!! Karma will get that ass, if the mother of that beautiful lil boy, didn't have enough common sense to GET OUT WHEN THE VERBAL ABUSE BEGAN!! LADIES, NO MAN WILL EVER CHANGE AND ALL THEM EMPTY PROMISES MAY COST YOU, YOUR LIFE OR THE LIFE OF YOUR CHILD!!! STOP BEING SELFISH AND START BEING MOTHER'S AND PROTECT YOUR BABIES!!!!

Ourlove962008
Ourlove962008

She knew he was a piece of crap his own sister told her weeks befor this even told her he was mean to caden and that the mom shoulnt take him back but she did

Ourlove962008
Ourlove962008

he didnt always look like that in the beggining he is sweet and good with your children.I have had this man in my home around my children i would have never if I knew what he was going to do but I should of known he could he hurt my friend bad and her babys but she made him kick rocks now nobody relizes there are little girls who get to carrie what thier father did any body think of them with your crap talking about him getting killed

Fanny
Fanny

Sorry but that's not true! It maybe for some people but not all.

Ourlove962008
Ourlove962008

or listen to thiere family whenthey tell you he is no good. cadens mother knew he was abusive his own sister told her weeks befor this happened she chose to keep him I know this for fact because I know the family

Vgisondi
Vgisondi

totally agree! its always the step dads or boyfriends. ladies, don't shack up! our grandmoms had it right when they said nobody would buy the cow if you gave the milk for free. you are bringing stranger/losers into your homes where your children are vulnerable

Vgisondi
Vgisondi

i agree with one exception, as a married woman, you should make time for your husband. Your relationship with him should come first. Yes, of course, the children's immediate bodily needs must be met but its important that your nurture your marriage. you dont want to lose it and end up a single mom yourself, right?

Toshy
Toshy

wow, enjoy your failing marriage and eventual divorce then!

Deznyc73
Deznyc73

God bless Caden, this beautiful, innocent child. I'm so sorry this happened to him. I have a child close in age and his pure innocence brings so much joy and laughter to our whole family. I can only imagine that Caden was the same, but the POS had not time for his energy or curiousity.

Kari
Kari

When are we as a country going to provide quality, low-cost childcare available around the clock for working families? I don't know if she was at work, but I do know that there's a SEVERE lack of affordable childcare available for non-traditional hours. If a single parent works an evening or night shift, what are their choices?

If she was at work, my guess is that she thought that going to work and staying gainfully employed was the best way to take care of her son. Who ever thinks that something like this will happen?

If you look at many countries that have strong social programs like government-subsidized day care and health insurance for all, their birth rates have actually declined over the past 30 years. This seems to counter the idea that women would want to stay home and have more and more babies and be a burden on the system.

Deznyc73
Deznyc73

You are so right. As the person who carries the baby, you are ultimately responsible for whom you choose to do this with. In survival of the fittest you are going to pick the best mate, the one that can insure your survival and that of your offspring. These girls are so desperate for companionship that they will take any a@@hole that comes their way. I am a married mother, so I'm not starved for affection, but the only people I leave my kids with are my mother or other female friend that I have known for a long time. I chose a good man, not some "got nothing going loser". No one will love your kids like you do, NO ONE!

Lorax
Lorax

When are you men going to stop impregnating everyone you possibly can and then not taking care of your children that you father? If your "heart bleeds for these innocent babes" then you will either refrain from sex or practice birth control. Stop telling women how to care for their children. You're the problem idiot.

John Rentz
John Rentz

Robert is wrong. Marijuana can have a negative impact on the user, leading to otherwise unexplained violence. Please do NOT try to justify Marijuana use that obviously lead to the violent death of a child.

Nmn
Nmn

Many of the drug addicts have begun with Cannabis only. Then they need to use other drugs such as alcohol or others. But if you feel assured that smoking Cannabis would you do only good, ok, be my guest and think whatever you like. But I only expect that when you are under the influence you are not driving a car or any other task that involve high alertness with others.

SpeakinDaFacts
SpeakinDaFacts

I have long argued that if they can go in and monitor and regulate the removal of prescriptions drugs because they cause folks to have seizures, heart attacks, and other serious side effects. Then why cannot they look into removing alchohol and marijuanna, and tobacco as it also has just as many health side effects that it too can cause.

It's all about the political side!! The FDA and the AMA all have their hands in on the cookie jar...and there is no way we can bust open their organization. When are we as Americans going to take a stand and all band together and say...we are not going to take it anymore.

Vgisondi
Vgisondi

a good man will wait for you...

Vgisondi
Vgisondi

I agree. if i cant trust who i leave my children with, i would rather starve and not work than leave them with some random loser.

melissa
melissa

u say noone should judge this poor mother and yet here u are ASSUMING THAT SpeakinDaFacts is a deadbeat dad and even threw in a childish 'idiot' jab at him. im pretty sure he hasnt even written anything about having kids. so how on earth could HE be THE PROBLEM. Lorax i believe your anger is displaced and must be harboring your own skeletons. do U have a bunch of kids from a bunch of fathers who cant take care of their children? heres bit taken from your own words "when are you men going to stop impregnating everyone u possibly can..." really? really? u know...you can close your legs anytime u want. or if u really wanna be a slut get on the depo shot. if u dont know for a fact a man will be a good dad...dont have a kid with him!!! SIMPLE AS THAT. and as for the mother in this case...people with abusive tendancies cannot hide these impulses for long. u just have to pay attention. ESPECIALLY if your entrusting your child with him! which is what she either didnt do at all whether she just didnt notice the clues or hadnt known him long enough for his true colors to show through. u better believe i would NEVER NEVER put my child in the care of someone who i have even seen a glimpse of abusive characteristics. my god even if he seemed like the sweetest man on earth, i wouldnt let him watch my child until i knew him well and for a substancial amount of time. i like to think that all people are inherently good. but that doesnt stop me from keeping my guard up at all times. im sure i have rambled and i think i just feel personally violated by this senseless murder. i have a 2 1/2 year old boy also and when i saw the picture of little Caden i felt my heart break a little. they look so much alike. so im sorry if ive offended anyone by my comments i just felt the need to vent out my frustrations

Deznyc73
Deznyc73

It is the females' body that gets pregnant. Only she can be 100% responsible for insuring that she does not get pregnant. A guy will always try to get some, the girl has to be smarter.

Noicon61
Noicon61

John, absolutely right. I had a friend who did not drink or smoke cigarettes. When in college, a friend encouraged him to try marijuana. He said it made him extremely paranoid, and his actions became strange. I also was witness to a collision by two men smoking weed. One of the four girls injured in the accident was in a vegetative coma. I was doing missionary work and witnessed this. One of the ladies in our team tried to administer aid to this beautiful teenage girl. At the hospital, we prayed with her family. It broke our hearts to see them, clinging onto hope for their loved one. The medical prognosis wasn't good. These guys weren't aided with alcohol. Just some "good old fashioned" weed.

Like any narcotic (be it "natural", alcohol, or other), they should NOT be used when children are in your care! If you wouldn't want a surgeon to use those things before operating on you, why would anyone think it is okay to use around children who need us to be at our best to help them? I wouldn't trust my children to anyone who thought it was okay to use these things, especially with children around.

Robert
Robert

Nonsense! All that is obvious is that you are not a critical thinker. Do you really imagine that you understand the causes of Madrid's behavior so completely (rhetorical question)?

Robert
Robert

"Many of the drug addicts have begun with Cannabis only. Then they need to use other drugs such as alcohol or others." -- no, you are a victim of prohibitionist disinformation. Your legislators can't wait to pander to your unwarranted concern that people under the influence of cannabis drive.

P.S. Dependent clauses cannot be sentences, and (despite the fact that many writers disregard the rule) sentences don't begin with coordinating conjunctions..

Ourlove962008
Ourlove962008

what none of you know is he does have children who are greatly affected by this all of you talk like you knew him .I knew him I know his girls and love them withh all my heart.So many people are suffering in this situation.And by the way the mother knew he was a piece of shit his own sister told her he was mean to Caden and that no man was worth that yet she chose to take him back after kicking out so yes she has a part to play.

administrator12
administrator12

Oh My God!!!! Just when I thought there could not be anyone stupid enough in the world, I had to come across deznyc73 comment...you are so ignorant, you should educate your self before posting comments like this....It has nothing to do with the subject the majority of us is discussing. Do us all a favor and go back to the whole you came from you stupid asshole.

Vgisondi
Vgisondi

oh gag!! so are u saying men are animals with less self mastery than women? c'mon people! we are all humans with free will and equally culpable. it just sucks that women get the short end of the stick because men use them. but somebody touched on a good point here. if you're mot married, don't have sex. God has a method to his madness

DevenD123
DevenD123

let me guess Deznyc73, your still a virgin arnt you

TraderTina
TraderTina

Congrats ! You posted the dumbest thing I have had the misfortune to read in a looong time. What really kills me is you SAY you're a woman. Why not blame the real father too? Where the hell was he? Why didn't he know where his son was and with who? Sorry, men do not just get a free pass because they are men. They have to take some responsibly too. I don't know why you think this is the woman's fault. It's the boyfriends fault. Thank god the cops can see it.

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