Mother's boyfriend arrested for 18-month-old girl's death in Rocky Ford

ROCKY FORD, Colo. – Authorities have arrested the boyfriend of the mother of an 18-month-old girl found dead Saturday on suspicion of child abuse that resulted in the girl’s death.

Ryan Casias, 20, of Rocky Ford is set to be advised of his charge Friday in an Otero County courtroom. He is being held on a $150,000 bond for the child abuse resulting in death charge.

Investigators still aren’t saying much about the circumstances behind 18-month-old Jayleianna Rivas-Trujillo’s death, only that they were called to a home in Rocky Ford on Saturday morning after an unresponsive child was reported.

The toddler was taken to the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center, then airlifted to Children’s Hospital, where she died.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says Casias is Rivas-Trujillo’s mother’s boyfriend.

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