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Wyoming man arrested in connection with toddler death; search for body set to begin Monday in Weld County

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Wyoming authorities have one man in custody in connection with the death of 13-month-old whose body is suspected to have been dumped in a landfill in Weld County.

Logan Hunter Rogers, 23, was arrested Friday on suspicion of manslaughter and reckless child endangering, according to a news release from the Laramie County Sheriff's Department.

Authorities have been poised for the last day to search the Waste Management landfill west of Ault, where they think the body of the boy has been dumped. The search is expected to begin at sunrise Monday morning.

Laramie County Sheriff's officials believe the boy's body was dumped in a trash bin in Laramie County Community College and the contents of that bin were taken to the landfill, according to a news release from the department. The landfill is about 5 miles west of Ault, near the intersection of Colo. 14 and Weld County Road 25.

Capt. Linda Gesell of the Laramie County Sheriff's Department, released the following statement Friday morning:

"The case remains under investigation, with many interviews that still need to take place, as well as evidence that needs to be processed at the state crime lab. A search warrant was executed last night at 1529 Hellwig (Road), Sp. 12, in Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyo. Some biological evidence was taken from the home."

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Laramie deputies responded to a call about the child Wednesday, when his grandfather reported him missing from his home at 1529 Hellwig Road in Cheyenne. The boy hadn't been seen since Saturday.

Authorities must comply with a host of federal rules and regulations, including those coming down from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They're also struggling to get heavy equipment into the site, Gesell said Thursday.

Family members told Laramie County deputies the mother's boyfriend had given the boy to a family friend known as "Santiago" so the two could go fishing, according to the news release. No one involved knew the man's full name or where he lived.

The release doesn't specify what happened between the time the boy was given to "Santiago" and the time officials believe the boy was placed in the college's trash bin.