Missing Toddler Found In Septic Tank

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EMBERBABY - January 29

The body of a 3-year-old boy was found in a septic tank less than 10 feet from the house where he was reported missing, Flathead County Sheriff Mike Meehan said Saturday. The body of Loic J.M. Rogers was found late Friday, and an autopsy showed that he drowned, Meehan said. "This is a tragedy," Meehan said. It was unclear how the boy got into the septic tank, and the manhole-sized lid was closed. Meehan did not classify the death as a homicide, but said investigators do not believe he could have climbed into the tank and put the lid back on himself. An investigation is continuing. The boy was reported missing Wednesday night near Kalispell, about 190 miles northwest of Helena. Mark Rogers, Loic's father, told police he took Loic to his car outside a friend's home, told the boy to get in and then returned to the house for Loic's sister. Mark Rogers "said he was inside only for a minute," Meehan said Friday. When he returned, the boy was gone. Rogers' sister, Sara Kavanaugh, said Saturday that the family did not want to speak with the press and declined comment. The boy's mother, Ariel Rogers, who is expecting her fourth child, was hospitalized so doctors could monitor her after she learned of her son's death. "I want to know that my other two children are safe in that man's care," she said in a tearful interview with KAJ-TV Saturday. She has said she and the boy's father are in a custody battle. "He was supposed to be looking after him, he was supposed to be safe there, and he wasn't." Authorities said they had looked in the septic tank during the search effort, but initially did not see anything there. They found the boy's body after draining the tank, Meehan said.


Rabbits07 - January 29

That is so sad! But, the dad TOOK the 3-year-old boy to his car and TOLD him to get in? Firstly, I have a son that just turned 4 and I would NEVER take him out to our vehicle and leave him there and just tell him to get in.....I would never take him out there and buckle him in and leave to come back in the house because he can get out of his carseat himself. I always take him and Mason out at the same time. I see there was a custody battle going on so maybe single parenthood was new to dad and he wasn't aware of what you can reasonably expect from a 3-year old? That is just so heartbreaking!


ash2 - January 29

I know i read about this. I think i posted it up under " absolulty disscusting ". I used to leave DS out in the yard for like 10 sec while i ran in to get something but not anymore !


Rabbits07 - January 29

Well, I've seen OTHER 3 year olds that stand perfectly still and don't try to make a run for it at every given opportunity, but not mine...lol. I would never leave Clint alone because he is so curious natured and wants to see and touch everything. I've seen other toddlers and preschoolers whose mothers turn their backs on them stores and they stay put. If you have one of those kids then I wouldn't see a problem with running back in the house for a sec, but to leave them at the vehicle in a driveway and tell them to get in while you go back in the house? Why didn't he go ahead and buckle the child in? My 4-year-old can't even open the door himself much less get in. That's just so heartbreaking.


ash2 - January 29

Ya know what, i just read that they are investigating what happened and they think there is foul play involved. When they found him, the lid on the sewer was pulled back over him and closed tight........like someone put it over him. They arent releasing alot of details though.


piratesmermaid - January 29

I'm with you, Rabbits. I'd NEVER leave a child alone like that, especially outside. That's asking for trouble, it's such a risk, as we can see. Ah, I just cannot believe what this world is coming to. And it's just going to get worse, and sometimes I feel selfish for wanting to have kids in the first place because I worry what kind of world I'm bringing them into, ya know? It is so sad.


Mellissa - January 29

I hate watching/reading the news because of stories like these. My husband already thinks i'm a paranoid, overprotective mom, and hearing stuff like that just makes me even worse. i told him that accidents happen, and i'd much rather be an overprotective mom, than a mom who says, "i just didn't think it could happen to us".



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