A Colorado woman reportedly revealed details about the death of her 7-year-old son, whose body was found encased in cement, to a fellow inmate.

As Dearly previously reported, Elisha Pankey, 43, was charged with child abuse, resulting in death, and abuse of a corpse after police discovered the corpse of her son, Caden McWilliams in a Denver self-serve storage unit.

However, Pankey was already in police custody for suspicion of heroin possession prior to the charges regarding her son. Police arrested her on December 22. This was one day before police discovered Caden’s body.

NBC News reports that an inmate told police that Pankey allegedly told her details about the boy’s death. The woman was not identified in court records.

However, she told police that Pankey and her husband would force Caden inside of an animal carrier. The woman said that Pankey told her that one night in July, they kept him in the cage overnight. Pankey reportedly said they ignored the 7-year-old’s complaints of being thirsty and hot.

According to the court records, Pankey allegedly said that by morning, Caden was dead. The woman says the mother believes her son suffocated, NBC News reports.

Further, she reportedly said that she and her husband carried the carrier with her son’s corpse still inside to the storage unit. Once they arrived, they poured concrete on him and wrapped the carrier in trash bags.

After the Denver coroner’s office identified the boy’s body, they were unable to determine the cause of death. However, they noted injuries “to his head, chest and limbs, some of which showed signs of healing.” Further, the coroner reported that he was abnormally thin.

Records show that the family had been living in hotels. Caden last attended school toward the end of May. Also, Pankey removed her son from Denver Public Schools for the fall of 2018, saying that he would be home-schooled.

NBC reports that police began investigating the Pankeys in mid-December after the 43-year-old told officers that her husband had choked and threatened to kill her.

Leland Pankey, Caden’s father, has been in jail since late December on an outstanding warrant.

His arrest followed Pankey’s complaints to police that he took their son and daughter to live with him in November. She also said he had been sending her threatening text messages. Police have not charged him in relation to his son’s death.

Pankey is scheduled to appear in court again on April 2.

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6 Replies to “Mom Jailed After Son Was Found Encased in Cement Reportedly Told Fellow Inmate How He Died”

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    She needs to burn in hell

  • Michael Bankston 2 years ago

    What kind of a parent would do this to an innocent child?!

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    SHE IS A MONSTER THIS POOR BABY LOST HIS LIFE AT THE HANDS OF HIS MOTHER I HOPE THE TOURCHER HER AS SGE DIES FROM HER INJURYS SAD PRAYERS FOR THIS BABY BOY RIP

  • Yvette 2 years ago

    What a adorable little boy he was, I would take both of those monsters while still alive and place them in cement and watch them die a slow and agonizing death..

  • Anonymous 2 years ago

    I pray they repent! Hell and the Lake of Fire will last an Eternity and they will surely get their just rewards. Remember Jesus said “It would be better to have a millstone tied around your neck and be thrown into the sea if you harm one of these innocent ones…” By the way, that includes all the aborted babies, too. The torture, dismemberment, and murder these innocent children endure is beyond horrific! And now NY, VA are saying it’s “legal” to murder a 9 month old baby after it’s born because the mother doesn’t want it! Unreal! THIS IS INFANTICIDE! STOP THIS NOW OR GOD WILL SURELY JUDGE THIS NATION! AND WE WILL REAP WHAT WE SOW…DEATH!

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