Crime

Haley Stanfield Sentenced in Baby's Death That Spurred Alleged Murder Plot


Since June 2014, we've been reporting about the bizarre and tragic story of Haley Stanfield.

The previous month, Stanfield's baby, Logan Borchik, died — and she was subsequently arrested for allegedly trying to hire Logan's dad to kill her then-current boyfriend, who she apparently blamed for the child's passing.

Then, earlier this year, Stanfield and the boyfriend, Joshua Olsen, were formally accused of child abuse resulting in death under the theory that they'd jointly caused the injuries that killed Logan — and did nothing to help him for three days.

Now, Stanfield has been sentenced on the latter charge, with Olsen due in court on the same allegations within the week.

About 1:40 p.m. on May 6, 2014, as we've reported, 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 on Google Maps."


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 noted that Logan was airlifted from Idaho Springs to Children's Hospital in Denver, where he lingered for several days.

Finally, on May 13, Logan succumbed, with Haley marking his passing on Facebook in a variety of ways. Among them was a collage of photos, including one showing him in the hospital....

...as well as a memorial message....


...and a video of a young Logan during much happier times:


In the meantime, the Idaho Springs police moved forward with an investigation into Logan's death — and a news release quoted by the Courant revealed 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 June 18 hearing covered by the Courant, details of the allegations emerged.

The gist: Prosecutors believed Stanfield had tried to hire the boy's father to kill her boyfriend, subsequently revealed to be Olsen.

During the session, Stanfield's public defender stressed that she didn't offer Logan's dad any money to kill Olsen, 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."

The judge in the case apparently felt Stanfield represented either a threat or a flight risk, since she declined to lower the amount of the bond on which she was being held: $50,000.

By earlier this year, Stanfield's troubles had been multiplied. Authorities concluded that she and Olsen shook the child, causing him obvious medical distress — but then failed to seek care for him over the course of the next three days. Only after that much time had passed was the choking incident concocted, they argued.

Now, Stanfield has admitted to doing just that.

According to the Fifth Judicial District DA's office, she's pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death. (There's no mention of the alleged attempt to kill Olsen. That charge has gone away — perhaps in exchange for her admission to the other matter.) On November 2, she was sentenced to twelve years in prison, to be followed by five years of parole.

As for Olsen, he's due in court on November 16 for what's described as "a change of plea hearing for charges similar to Stanfield."

Look below to see Stanfield's original booking photo.



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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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