No denying that Idaho Springs' Haley Stanfield, twenty, has suffered a terrible loss -- the death last month of her fifteen-month-old son, Logan Borchik.
But she now stands accused of attempting to turn her grief into vengeance by hiring Logan's father to kill her current boyfriend, who is said to have been at her home when the child's medical emergency was reported. Her attorney says her actions weren't meant seriously, but prosecutors disagree.
At about 1:40 p.m. on May 6, according to 9News, Idaho Springs police responded to Stanfield's home after receiving a 911 call to 706 Minor Street, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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The caller claimed Logan was choking. However, the station quotes police as saying some of the injuries the boy sustained didn't fit this description and adds that "the Department of Health and Human Services had been in touch with the family in the past."
The Clear Creek Courant notes that Logan was airlifted from Idaho Springs to Children's Hospital in Denver, where he lingered for several days. Here's a photo of the boy from Facebook:
Finally, on May 13, Logan succumbed, with Haley marking his passing with the following inspirational graphic: In the meantime, the Idaho Springs police moved forward with an investigation into Logan's death -- and a news release quoted by the Courant reveals that Stanfield was among those whose actions were being scrutinized.
Then, on May 28, she was arrested on suspicion of soliciting murder -- and at a hearing yesterday covered by the Courant, details of the allegations emerged.
During the session, Stanfield's public defender stressed that she didn't offer Logan's dad any money to kill her unnamed boyfriend, and neither had she purchased a weapon nor set a date by which she wanted him offed.
Deputy District Attorney Bryan Garrett countered by arguing that the plot had been "nipped in the bud" and stated his belief that Stanfield was "quite willing to have him murdered."
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The judge in the case apparently feels Stanfield represents either a threat or a flight risk, since she declined to lower the amount of the bond on which she's currently being held: $50,000. Unless something changes, then, Stanfield will remain in stir at least until her preliminary hearing, currently scheduled for July 2.
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