According to court records, Ted Madrid did not mean to kill his girlfriend’s two-year-old son. It was his failure to act properly, however, that earned his guilty conviction.
An Arapahoe jury found Madrid guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse resulting in death. These charges carry a mandatory life sentence in prison without parole.
A Fatal Accident
Madrid was babysitting his girlfriend’s son Caden Rogers in January of 2011 when the fatal accident occurred. He and the child were roughhousing. The child allegedly told Madrid that he did not want to wrestle anymore, and Madrid attempted to throw the child on his bed in anger. He missed, and Caden hit his head on the bedframe. He fell unconscious and never awoke; he died at a hospital later that night.
Failure to Respond
Madrid’s lawyers said that since it was an accident, he did not deserve a harsh sentence. Prosecutors agreed that Madrid did not try to kill the child, but said he acted with negligence because he did not call 911 immediately after the accident. The boy’s mother phoned authorities when she arrived home close to two hours after the accident and discovered her son bleeding and unresponsive. Prosecutors argued that if he had called sooner, it might have made a difference. Madrid also had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.177 on the night of the accident.
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