A STEPDAD has been charged with murdering a five-year-old found dead in a river as the little boy’s mum and a teenager were charged with perverting the course of justice.
Little Logan Mwangi was reported missing at around 5.45am on Saturday from his home in Bridgend, South Wales.
Logan was found dead in the Ogmore River
Angharad Hunt and her fiance Jay Cole pictured with Logan
Tragically his body was later discovered in the Ogmore River near Pandy Park.
John Cole, 39, from Sarn, Bridgend, was charged with murder by South Wales Policee
Logan’s mum Angharad Hunt, 30, and a 13-year-old boy were jointly charged with perverting the course of justice.
All three were remanded in custody and will appear before Cardiff Magistrates’ Court today.
Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Shea, said: “This is a very harrowing case for all involved and I extend my deepest sympathies to Logan’s family and friends.”
Horrified neighbours reported hearing screams of “the back door was open” coming from the house after the alarm was raised.
Locals said Angharad, who gave birth to a baby boy in February last year, and Jay had been together for around three years.
The family had recently returned from a trip to Blackpool but had to quarantine when they returned for two weeks after catching Covid.
Their last day of self-isolation was Saturday – when the youngster was found dead.
He was reported missing at 5.45am with neighbours reporting hearing screams of “the back door was open” coming from the house.
Forensic officers were seen scouring paths leading from the family home in Bridgend to the river, which is less than quarter of a mile away.
Logan was discovered in the water and rushed to hospital, where it was confirmed he had died.
A family friend said Angharad collapsed soon after arriving at hospital when doctors told her Logan could not be saved.
Rhiannon Hales, 26, said: “They are good parents who love their children and bring them up well.
“My little girl is also five and she loved Logan, they were like little boyfriend and girlfriend together.
“I’m shocked and just devastated by what’s happened. He called me Auntie Rhi, but Logan was like my own little boy.
“He was such a happy kid, always said please and thank you.
“He loved colouring and did all the coronavirus posters in the front window of their flat.”
Logan was found around 100 yards from his home
Mother-of-two Rhiannon added little Logan loved being tickled.
She said: “He had an infectious belly laugh, I can’t believe I won’t hear that again.
“He loved dancing and Power Rangers and Jurassic Park, he was a wonderful little boy who loved life.
“He would see me in the mornings on the way to school and come running up for a big hug. I’m going to miss that so much.”
Police widened the search area as part of the murder probe into Logan’s death.
Specialist officers were seen scouring the bank of the river as they hunted for clues.
South Wales Police said: “Detectives are continuing to investigate the death of a five year-old boy in #Sarn, #Bridgend.
“Three people arrested in connection with the investigation, a 39 year-old man, a 30 year-old woman and a 13 year-old boy, remain in custody.
“Please be respectful to all those involved and refrain from speculating about this incident on social media as this is a continuing investigation.”
Logan had been reported missing from his home
The youngster was discovered in the river on SaturdayCredit: Athena
Angharad and Jay had recently got engaged
Tributes left for Logan at the sceneCredit: PA
Forensics are still searching his home in BridgendCredit: WNS
Police divers on the scene