Mother charged after son’s body found encased in concrete in Denver storage unit (COLORADO)

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Elisha Pankey is charged with child abuse resulting in death and abuse of a corpse in connection to the death of her 7-year-old son. (Source: Denver Police Department/KDVR/Tribune/CNN)
Mother charged after son’s body found encased in concrete in Denver storage unit

DENVER (KDVR/CNN) – Police are investigating the death of a 7-year-old boy as child abuse after his body was found encased in concrete two days before Christmas.

Elisha Pankey, 43, is being held on a $250,000 bond after she was charged Monday with child abuse resulting in death and abuse of a corpse in connection to her 7-year-old son Caden McWilliams’ death.

Police found Caden’s body encased in concrete inside a storage unit on Dec. 23. Sources say it “appeared to be an attempt to hide evidence.”

Detectives believe the 7-year-old could have been killed or died in late May. Pankey’s uncle said the mother acted normally while attending a family funeral in November.

“We now know that young Caden was not only missing for several months, he was no longer alive,” McCann said. “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 body of 7-year-old Caden McWilliams was found Dec. 23. Police believe the boy could have been killed or died in late May. (Source: Facebook/KDVR/Tribune/CNN)
The body of 7-year-old Caden McWilliams was found Dec. 23. Police believe the boy could have been killed or died in late May. (Source: Facebook/KDVR/Tribune/CNN)

Records in the case remain sealed, as police continue to investigate.

Pankey was arrested last Wednesday after turning herself in.

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