Bench memorializing Baby Sarah to be dedicated today
A memorial bench recognizing Sarah Ogden, the month-old child beaten to death in her Parachute apartment a year ago, will be dedicated at 6 p.m. Monday in Parachute’s Cottonwood Park.
Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire spearheaded an effort to remember Sarah, whose father Matthew Ogden is charged with first-degree murder in her death.
Glassmire said in a news release that the bench costs about $1,000, counting shipping and engraving. The Remembering Sarah Ogden Committee, he said, has raised $2,105 in the past year.
Money left after the full costs of the bench are tallied will be given to the River Bridge Regional Center, a nonprofit child advocacy center based in Glenwood Springs that serves Garfield, Pitkin, Eagle and Rio Blanco counties.
Sarah’s mother, Phyllis “Amy” Wyatt, was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to criminally negligent child abuse resulting in death. An affidavit in the case said she stayed in bed as she heard Matthew Ogden slamming the child. Sarah’s twin brother was unhurt and put in protective custody.
The father is awaiting trial.
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