Mother charged in death of missing 7-year-old son who was found 'encased in cement' in a storage unit
The woman, identified as Elisha Pankey, was reportedly charged with child abuse resulting in death, a second-degree felony, and abuse of a corpse.
A 43-year-old woman from Colorado has been charged in connection with the death of her seven-year-old son, who was found dead in a self-serve storage facility last month, according to reports. The woman, identified as Elisha Pankey, was reportedly charged with child abuse resulting in death, a second-degree felony, and abuse of a corpse on Monday. The charges were laid against Pankey over three weeks after police officials discovered the woman's son, identified as Caden McWilliams, dead in a storage unit in Denver, Informny.com reported.
Reports state that Denver Police Department's investigators found the boy's body on December 23, when Aurora police officials reached out to them with information about a missing person's case.
Denver PD arrests a mom for the killing of her 7yo son. Boy’s body was found in storage unit off Evans Ave. DPD became aware of boy missing on Dec. 23. The mom, Elisha A. Pankey, was arrested 1 day before by Aurora PD for heroin possession. pic.twitter.com/vNQIok89qd— Michael Konopasek (@MikeKonopasek) January 3, 2019
ABC affiliate KMGH, on Monday, cited two anonymous law enforcement sources, saying that the boy's body was found encased in cement and officials believe that the seven-year-old could have died as early as last May. Denver Public Schools' officials had reportedly indicated to the authorities that the boy had missed the last week of school in May. It was, however, not clear as to when he was last spotted in public. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann, while talking about the case, said that Caden had been missing for several months before authorities found his body.
Pankey was arrested in an Aurora hotel for a felony drug possession amid the missing child investigation after on December 21, 2018, an Aurora officer discovered heroin inside a hotel room where she is believed to have stayed.
A #Colorado mom remains behind bars, officially charged today with child abuse resulting in death, and more.— Dillon Thomas (@DillonMThomas) January 7, 2019
Elisha Pankey allegedly hid Caden’s body in this #Denver storage unit. Caden was only 7.
Sebastian shared this 📸 from the day the body was located months after he died pic.twitter.com/Fcg4Sqnzhg
McCann, in a statement released on Monday, said: "Thanks to the tenacious work by both the Aurora and Denver Police Departments, we now know that young Caden was not only missing for several months, he was no longer alive. This is a terrible tragedy for the community."
"While this case will take time to resolve, it will take even longer for our community to learn and heal," the District Attorney added. Pankey reportedly turned herself in last Wednesday and is currently being held on a $250,000 bond. It is not yet clear whether she has an attorney.