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.