Police are investigating a 7-year-old boy’s cause of death after charging his mother with abuse on Monday.

As Yahoo News reports, Elisha Pankey, 43, was charged with child abuse resulting in death and abuse of a corpse three weeks after police discovered the corpse of her son, Caden McWilliams, encased in cement in a Denver self-serve storage unit.

Further, Pankey was arrested on December 22 for suspicion of heroin possession, a day prior to police discovering the body.

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann announced Pankey’s charges, stating that Caden had been missing for months.

According to Yahoo News, McCann said in a statement:

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.

According to Denver7, law enforcement believes the boy could have died as early as last May.

Denver Public School officials reported that the Caden had missed the last week of school in May, but it’s not clear where he was last seen in public.

Ellis Elementary School released a statement regarding the former student’s death:

This is tragic loss for the entire Ellis Elementary School community. Caden McWilliams was the sweetest boy. He stood out from others from the moment he walked through the school doors every morning with a huge smile on his face. His smile and eyes showed how kind and sweet he was at the core. Other students wanted to be his friend and looked to Caden for what to do next. Caden was a model student who was not afraid to do the right thing simply because it was the right thing to do. He worked hard and did well academically. He was always positive, caring and lived the Ellis core value of Integrity. During recess, Caden would always notice friends who needed someone to play with and he would go to them. He was a truly kind and caring little boy who loved being at school with his teachers and his friends.

Pankey turned herself in last Wednesday and is being held on $250,000 bond.

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5 Replies to “Boy Missing for Months Was Found Encased in Cement. His Mom Turned Herself In After He Was Found”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    What a beautiful child. What a senseless tragedy. Parents need to relinquish their rights and let others care for their kids if they don’t want them or can’t deal with the responsibility of parenting… not murder them, for Heaven’s sake!

  • Melanie 2 years ago

    Anyone who kills a child needs the death penalty. I know there are people who are against capital punishment and I respect their view, but I feel strongly that we need to be the voice of these children who are tortured and killed and make sure that justice is served. It’s not about revenge, it’s because the killer has given up their right to live amongst us because of their evil deeds and we need to protect the innocent.

    • Anonymous 2 years ago

      Melanie that was wonderfully said. I agree with you.

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