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Murder charge filed in death of 2-year-old in Cheyenne

Wyatt Dean Lamb (Courtesy of the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — This past March, the Cheyenne Police Department confirmed they had arrested a 27-year-old man on unrelated charges in connection to the murder of 2-year-old Athian Rivera, whose body was found in a nearby dumpster in February.

They identified the suspect as Wyatt Lamb.

Today, Laramie County District Attorney Leigh Anne Manlove announced that charges have been filed against Lamb in the death of the toddler.

Manlove says that multiple counts of child abuse and a single charge of murder have been filed against Lamb.

The full release from Manlove is as follows:

A prosecutor in Wyoming must follow a special rule of professional conduct, Rule 3.8. The rule permits me to make statements that are necessary to inform the public of the nature and extent of my actions and that serve a legitimate law enforcement purpose. In the case of the death of A.R., the two-year-old Cheyenne toddler whose body was found in a dumpster on February 19, 2021, I have filed charges against Wyatt Dean Lamb for multiple counts of child abuse and one count of felony murder. I commend the Cheyenne Police Department, the Laramie County Coroner, and the Wyoming State Crime Lab for their collective efforts in this case. The charging document, called an Information, was filed today along with the probable cause affidavit, and [both] are public records available at the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court for the First Judicial District. I am not permitted to make comments outside of a courtroom that have a substantial likelihood of heightening public condemnation of an accused, so I will not be making any further statement nor answering media inquiries.

This story is breaking and will be updated as more information is made available.