When a child goes missing, it affects an entire community. It causes whole communities to be afraid. Parents tend to hold their own children closer when they know another child is missing. Others without young children will think of when their children were young, or will worry about grandchildren, neices and nephews, or other children who may be close to them.
Often the parents will garner the sympathy of the community. The thoughts of the pain they suffer as they enter that no-child future hit close to most parents fears. I call it the club that no one wants to join, the club that most members want to get out of. I say most parents, because a minority of the children’s parents do not want to leave. Katherine Rutan is one of those parents.
Sometime in June 2002, it was noticed that Logan Rutan,6 was missing. Rutan explained to friends that he had been picked up by social services. She even showed a boyfriend’s sister a bruise on her arm which she alleged she got from trying to prevent him from being taken.
On June 19, 2002 Rutan approached DHS and asked for help with Logan. She told them that she was afraid that he was going to hurt his younger brother J.D. then 4 years of age. The next day she told them that she wanted to relinquish custody of both children. They needed time to make arrangements, and told her that they would pick him up in 4 days.
On June 23, 2002 Rutan had asked the boyfriend if she could borrow a shovel and some plastic to “dig up some wildflowers”.
Her roommate at the time says that she remembers waking that morning of June 23, 2002 and hearing Logan crying and screaming. When she asked about it, Rutan said that she had put him in a back room.
Now we all know that no child is perfect. Logan appears to have been pretty active. Rutan once told a counselor that her ex husband left her because Logan had been playing with matches and burned their house down. And that she feared she was going to lose her boyfriend, because he was upset about Logan playing with matches. She also told DHS workers at some point that Logan had been playing with matches in a bedroom and had set fire to a bed, while his younger brother was in the room.
After June 23, 2002 no one saw Logan. Interviews were done with the younger brother J.D. then age 4. He told them that he and Logan had gone for a drive with their mother. She stopped in a rural area somewhere, and told J.D. to stay in the car, and told Logan to get out. According to J.D., Logan had been sitting in the back seat and looked sick but wasn’t crying or talking. He said that his mother had a shovel and some plastic. She carried Logan out to a field and she returned alone. However, J.D. has never been able to tell anyone where that rural area is.
Now one thing really stood out about that article. There was no mention of where Logan’s father was. Which leaves me to presume that the father abandoned the child. To me, when two parents engage in activity that results in the birth of a child, they should both be responsible for that child’s well being.
Rutan, not only murdered her child. She exposed her other child, J.D. to that murder. She took him on that drive, then left him without a sibling. I don’t know what happened to J.D. after that point. I don’t know if she retained custody of him, or if she went ahead and relinquished her rights. I hope that she either gave him up, or he was taken from her and placed in a loving home where he could be helped to heal.
A comment left after the article was written, indicates that there were grandparents who, who loved him. There is no indication if these were the mother’s parents or the father’s parents. But, likely they are in a lot of pain. They not only are suffering because of the loss of a grandchild, but they also have to bear the knowlege that he was dead by his own mother’s hand.
A 4 year old little boy, lost the chance to develop that bond felt between brothers. He was exposed to heartlessness and violence. He suffered a loss, and as kids often do he may be feeling guilt. Though there was nothing he could have done, he couldn’t control what his mother did. And likely he also feels betrayed by that same mother. And possibly he may now end up having to testify against her.
A community is suffering. The loss of any child is hurtful to the community. They may have known the child. They may have to explain this to their children who may have known this chld and played with him. Also, they feel mocked for the sympathy they offered the mother when it was learned that Logan was missing. And they feel betrayed.
And Rutan also mocked another vulnerable group. When she reported Logan missing, many parents with missing children probably began to relive their own losses. And at some point of the investigation into their child being missing, it is very possible they came under some suspicion at some point. That was because of people like Rutan, who took their own child’s life and then reported them missing so that they could “get away with murder”.
Logan is still missing. His remains have never been found. Rutan went to court Fri. on a charge of 1st degree murder on the murder of Logan. She is being held in jail on a $250,000 bail. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 23.
If you live near Woodward, Oklahoma and feel like taking a walk, watch for Logan will you? This baby needs to be brought home.