CO - Caden McWilliams, 7, encased in concrete in storage unit, Denver, 23 Dec 2018 *Mother Arrested*

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  1. cybervampira

    cybervampira Well-Known Member

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    7-Year-Old Boy Found Dead In Storage Unit; Mom Arrested

    A missing 7-year-old boy was found dead in a storage unit in Denver just before Christmas. Now Caden’s mother, 43-year-old Elisha Pankey, is being held for investigation of child abuse resulting in death.

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    She appeared in a Denver courtroom Thursday afternoon.

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    On Dec. 23, police were led to a storage unit at 5005 East Evans Avenue. Inside, officers found the body of a child. No Amber Alert was ever issued for a missing child in trouble.

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    Pankey turned herself in to Denver police on Wednesday. CBS4 has confirmed she is the mother of the boy but the body has not been officially identified by Denver’s coroner. Investigators have not released the cause of death or manner of death.

    Court records show Pankey was arrested for possession of heroin on Dec. 22, the day before the body was found.

    Mom arrested after seven-year-old son found dead in storage unit | Daily Mail Online



     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    In the first link provided:

    Bond for Pankey was set at $250,000. Her next court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 9.
     
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    How incredibly sad. I wish his mom had made better choices. I wish all kids had a safe, stable home to grow up in. Children matter. :(
     
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    Niner Long time Websleuther

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    This article has Caden last name as McWilliams - ?? and a different age for Pankey - ?? 43 vs 35?

    7-year-old boy found dead in Denver storage unit; mother arrested

    The boy, Caden McWilliams, was killed on approximately May 24 at a storage facility on East Evans Avenue in southeast Denver, according to 2018 homicide data provided to The Denver Post through an open records request. The data does not indicate how Caden was killed.
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    Pankey, 35, turned herself in to police Wednesday. Records indicated that she also uses the name Elisha McWilliams.
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    Pankey was released from the Arapahoe County Jail on a personal recognizance bond in the heroin case on Christmas Eve, the day after police found the boy’s body, court records show.

    Police also arrested Leland Pankey on Dec. 21 — court records show he has been in a relationship with Elisha Pankey for multiple years — on a warrant for a 2017 domestic violence charge. According to the 2017 affidavit, he allegedly strangled the woman until she became unconscious.

    Denver County Jail records show Leland Pankey, 39, remained in custody Thursday night at the Downtown Denver Center on $25,000 bond. He has not been charged in connection with the death of the boy.
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    Elisha Pankey wore tan jail scrubs Thursday afternoon in a Downtown Detention Center courtroom for her first appearance. Her attorney waived the reading of the investigative charges she is being held on, and a judge set her bond at $250,000.
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    ..... that Pankey has another child, who is in the custody of Arapahoe County protective services. The judge ordered Pankey to have no contact with the second child, who was not named.
     
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    So Caden was killed in May 2018 and found in December 2018?

    Such a beautiful child :(
     
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    Colorado human services likely involved with family of 7-year-old found dead in Denver storage unit, state records show

    State child fatality records indicate the Colorado Department of Human Services at some point in the past three years likely was involved with the family of the 7-year-old boy whose dead body was found in a Denver storage unit last month.

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    The database shows the 7-year-old’s family had been involved with a county human services department within the past three years. An investigation into whether the death was a result of abuse or neglect and how the family’s previous case was handled is pending.

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    The boy’s mother, Elisha Pankey, was arrested Wednesday in connection with her son’s death. Pankey, who also goes by Elisha McWilliams, is being held for investigation of child abuse resulting in death.

    Pankey has another child, who has been placed in protective custody.

    Carolyn Tyler, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney’s Office, said police had referred the case to her office but she could not discuss it further.

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    Police also arrested Leland Pankey, who has been in a relationship with Elisha Pankey for at least three years, on Dec. 21 on a warrant for a 2017 domestic violence charge. He allegedly strangled Elisha Pankey until she became unconscious, according to the arrest affidavit.

    Leland Pankey did not speak when he appeared in court Friday morning for a second advisement on the second-degree assault charge. He is being held on a $25,000 bond. Leland Pankey has not been charged in connection with Caden’s death.

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  8. Niner

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    Well - she is not in any of the counties I've checked. I thought Denver would be in Denver County.... nope...

    In 1901, the Colorado General Assembly voted to split Arapahoe County into three parts: a new consolidated City and County of Denver, a new Adams County, and the remainder of the Arapahoe County to be renamed South Arapahoe County.

    So I tried Arapahoe & Adams Counties - nope nothing....
     
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    Also nothing on heroin possession?

    Colorado Woman Charged with Child Abuse After 7-Year-Old Son Found Dead in Storage Unit
    Did you also try Elisha McWilliams?
     
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    Elisha Pankey: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy.com

    Elisha McWilliams Pankey is suspected in the death of her 7-year-old son, whose body was found just before Christmas in a storage locker in Denver, Colorado. The little boy, named Caden McWilliams, had been missing for months but no alert was ever issued.

    Police said Pankey, 43, turned herself in on January 2, 2019, after a warrant was issued for her arrest.

    Investigators have not yet revealed how the boy died. But police have confirmed that he had been dead since at least May of 2018.

    Here’s what you need to know.

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    @cybervampira - I've tried Pankey, McWilliams & McWilliams-Pankey - also without the dash between the names.
    Nothing comes up on the 3 counties I mentioned. Not even her heroin charge....

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    Ha!

    Colorado Judicial Branch - 2nd Judicial District - Dockets

    Docket for: Arapahoe County - Arapahoe County Justice Center
    Showing 1 - 2 of 2 records

    1/11/19
    8:30 AM 1H PANKEY, ELISHA Appearance of Counsel D32018CR3866 Arapahoe County Div. 302
    1/29/19
    2:00 PM 1H PANKEY, ELISHA Adjudicatory Hearing D32018JV993 Arapahoe County Division 35
     
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    Woman arrested in death of boy found inside Denver shed

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    Timeline of events

    May - Dec. 2018 — Police believe 7-year-old Caden McWilliams was killed during this time.

    Dec. 21, 2018 — An Aurora officer discovers heroin inside a hotel room belonging to Pankey.

    Dec. 22, 2018 — Pankey is arrested at an Aurora hotel for felony drug possession amid a missing child investigation. She is booked into the Arapahoe County Jail.

    Dec. 23, 2018 — The body of Caden, Pankey’s missing 7-year-old son, is discovered inside of a Denver storage unit.

    Dec. 24, 2018 — Pankey is released from Arapahoe County Jail after posting a $1,000 personal recognizance bond in the drug possession case.

    Dec. 28, 2018 — Pankey is formally charged with a felony drug possession count and a drug paraphernalia possession count.

    Jan. 2, 2019 — Pankey turns herself into the Denver Police Department on a charge of child abuse resulting in death.

    Jan. 3, 2019 — The suspect makes her first court appearance in connection with the child abuse resulting in death case.

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    Well that's strange - it must have JUST appeared when you searched! LOL!

    Thanks!

    Edited to add: the article must have been wrong, as they said 1/9 for next hearing & I see it's actually 1/11.
     
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    Police: 7-Year-Old Boy Found In Storage Unit Died In May

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    Leland Pankey is currently in jail. Court records show he was arrested in November 2017 after allegedly choking his wife until she lost consciousness. According to the affidavit, two children were home during the alleged attack.

    Leland Pankey had accused his wife of spying on him with electronic devices, according to court documents.

    Wright, and others at the Cherry Plaza Apartments remember when Pankey lived there. She said, before the family was evicted, she remembered Caden riding his scooter and visiting office staff often.

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    “He was a sweet boy. He played. He was very quiet. He would play outside with his toys. You would talk to him, he would talk to you,” Wright said. “You would give something to him, and he would say, ‘Thank you, Miss Tina.’”
     
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    Wow. Unbelievable. What could she have possibly told people about why Caden was not with her for seven plus months?!? No family, friends, acquaintances, coworkers, shop owners, social services, LE, nobody who had contact with this woman raised any concern until now? There must be more to this story. What in the heck happened here for a school aged boy to so totally fall through the cracks of society? Heartbreaking.
     
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    Mother charged in death of 7-year-old who was found in Denver storage unit
     
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    Thanks for the updates cybervampira BUT!

    Court site doesn't have 1/9/19 for a hearing - ??

    Docket for: Arapahoe County - Arapahoe County Justice Center
    Showing 1 - 2 of 2 records

    Date Len Name Hearing Type Case # Location Division
    1/11/19
    8:30 AM 1H PANKEY, ELISHA Appearance of Counsel D32018CR3866 Arapahoe County Div. 302
    1/29/19
    2:00 PM 1H PANKEY, ELISHA Adjudicatory Hearing D32018JV993 Arapahoe County Division 35

    link: Seventh Judicial District » Docket Search

    THe 1/11 is a CR case - so that has to be abuse with death - ? and the other one on 1/29 JV is regarding her other child. No?
     
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    Maybe a typo then?
     
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