Wyatt Lamb Murder Case Heading To District Court

Photo Courtesy: Laramie County Sheriff's Office

A man charged in the death of a 2-year old boy whose body was found in a Cheyenne dumpster is having his case moved to district court.

A Laramie County Circuit Court Judge has found there is probable cause to bound Wyatt Lamb over to district court, on one count of first-degree murder and 10 counts of child abuse, in the death of Athian Rivera.

If convicted, Lamb could face the death penalty, but there’s no word yet if prosecutors plan to seek that penalty.

The boy’s disappearance on Feb. 19 prompted police and others to search the apartment complex and nearby areas before an officer found Athian wrapped in a sheet, blanket and five trash bags in the dumpster a couple hours later.

His body was still warm.

A coroner determined the boy had died two to four hours earlier of blunt force trauma, lack of oxygen to the brain, or both, according to the affidavit filed in the case.

The boy had burns on his inner thighs and numerous abrasions and bruises on his head, back, chest, belly and arms, the coroner noted.

Lamb had been living with the boy’s mother, Kassandra Orona, and her three children in the apartment, Orona told investigators.

She told police that Lamb had watched the children the night before while Orona worked a shift a sandwich shop.

She also told police she got home around 3:30 a.m. and was awakened by Lamb, who wanted her to drive her daughter to school a few minutes away because the girl was running late, according to court documents.

After Orona and Lamb got back, Orona went back to bed.

Lamb awakened her just after noon, saying Athian was missing, according to her account provided to investigators.

Lamb told police he returned to his apartment after Orona got home from work but returned by taxi later that morning when Orona called and said Athian was missing.

But police said in court documents that Lamb and several taxi companies contacted by investigators said they had no record of a trip that day to Orona’s apartment, police allege in court documents.

Lamb has been jailed since police arrested him on unrelated charges on the evening of the boy’s disappearance.

He was charged in 2020 with felony strangulation of Orona and with misdemeanor property destruction and interfering with a peace officer.

He faced bond revocation for allegedly missing a hearing in that case last summer and for living with Orona.

Lamb is being held in Laramie County jail on $1-million bond.



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