Theodore Madrid allegedly drunk and high when he killed 2-year-old Caden Rodgers (47)
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.
Big pic 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.
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.
Courtesy of the Aurora Sentinel Caden Rodgers.
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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