Madrid convicted of murder


AURORA | An Arapahoe County jury has convicted Ted Madrid of all the counts against him — including first-degree murder — for the 2011 slaying of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old son.

The verdict means a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole for Madrid, 32. He was also convicted of two counts of child abuse resulting in death.

Jurors deliberated for about a day before returning the verdict Friday.

Madrid told police he was babysitting Caden Rodgers and while the two were roughhousing, he tried to throw the tot onto a bed. He missed the bed, though, and Caden struck his head, knocking him unconscious. The boy never regained consciousness and later died at an area hospital. Madrid was arrested that night.

Madrid’s lawyer called the death an accident and said Madrid should be convicted of a lesser charge.

But prosecutors said that while Madrid may not have wanted to kill Caden, the boy’s death wasn’t an accident, either. Madrid’s failure to call 911 for 90 minutes after Caden hit his head lead to the toddler’s death, prosecutors said.

Madrid’s sentencing hearing, at which Rodgers’ family will likely have a chance to address the court, is scheduled for Jan. 3.

Madrid has been in jail since his arrest.


  1. I mean I’m not a
    judge or anything just someone who was related to Theodore, or what we called
    him jr. He should of never gotten the life sentence without the possibility of
    parole. Yes he did kill Caden but it was an accident also keeping in mind he
    should have never been drinking and rough housing with him. Madrid panicked
    like he never should have his panicking plus the drinking throw him off on what
    to do, If he were to call 911 Caden could have survived and Madrid would of never
    got a life sentence but he didn’t. But there was a side not a lot of people
    knew about him, he loved that kid like he was his own child, he was planning on
    cleaning up and proposing to his girlfriend, he had a good heart he just couldn’t
    be trusted near alcohol we kept him away but it didn’t work. I am just sick of
    people making seem like a bigger monster then he really was for this, thoughts
    or comments send to [email protected]


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