Bond set at $ 1 million for Cheyenne man accused of killing 2-year-old
The man accused of killing a 2-year-old Cheyenne boy whose body was found in a dumpster made his first appearance Tuesday in Laramie County circuit court.
Wyatt Dean Lamb, 27, is charged with 10 counts of child abuse and one count of first degree murder in the death of Athian Rivera, the son of his ex-girlfriend Kassandra Orona.
Police said they were called to Orona’s apartment shortly after 1 p.m. on February 19 after they reported Rivera’s disappearance.
According to an affidavit, the “still warm” body of the toddler was found wrapped in five trash bags – later found with Lamb’s fingerprints on them – in a nearby dumpster about two hours later.
Lamb, who has reportedly lived with Orona and her three children since August 2020 in violation of his connection in a strangulation case involving Orona in February 2020, was arrested later today on unrelated warrants.
Four days later, police announced that they had forwarded a probable cause affidavit to District Attorney Leigh Anne Grant Manlove supporting additional charges of child abuse and aggravated murder.
On March 4, District Court Judge Catherine Rogers ordered Lamb to be held without bail pending trial and bail revocation evidence proceedings in the strangulation case, essentially giving Manlove until July 19. to await the results of the autopsy on Rivera before filing a complaint in the case.
An autopsy report signed on May 6 concluded that Rivera “died of cerebral edema with herniation due to blunt trauma or hypoxic brain injury, or a combination of the two.”
There were also “groin burns with characteristics consistent with the injuries inflicted by the torch found at the scene,” according to the report.
Manlove announced yesterday, June 28, that it has finally filed a complaint against Lamb and praised the Cheyenne Police Department, the Laramie County Coroner and the Wyoming State Crime Lab for their collective efforts in this matter.
Lamb’s bail has been set at $ 1 million and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 6 at 9 a.m. If found guilty, he could face the death penalty.