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FREDERICK- Ryan Wayne Huffer, 27, of Jefferson, MD was sentenced by the Honorable G. Edward Dwyer Jr. to 40 years in the Division of Correction, with all but 20 years suspended in the death of Logan William Luaces. Huffer was found guilty on December 21, 2015 of Child Abuse Resulting In Death. On February 16, 2014 emergency medical personnel responded to a 911 call that an infant had stopped breathing at the address of 5916 Picnic Woods Road in Jefferson, MD. The child, identified as three and a half month old Logan, was not breathing when emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene. Luaces was sent to Frederick Medical Hospital and eventually Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. where he died. Huffer, who was the child’s father, was the individual that called 911 that morning and was with him at the residence.
Medical scans that were taken of the child prior to his death showed that he had suffered from bleeding in his brain and behind his eyes. These findings were corroborated by Luaces’ autopsy. The autopsy report also indicated that the particular injuries that Logan had sustained were consistent with non-accidental trauma and the manner of death was homicide. That information coupled with Huffer providing multiple conflicting statements to law enforcement and medical officials about the sequence of events and what happened to Logan prior to the 911 call led to his arrest on October 31, 2014.
Huffer will not be eligible for parole until after having served 10 years in prison. Upon his release he will serve five years of supervised probation. Huffer will not be allowed any unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 16. He must also attend anger management and parenting classes.
The State was represented by Assistant State’s Attorney Tammy Leache, Chief Assistant State’s Attorney Lindell Angel and Chief Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly Bruton.
J. Charles Smith, IIIState’s Attorney forFrederick County, Maryland
Sean Maslin, Communication Services Coordinator(301) 600-1520