DENVER — Charges have been filed against the father of 7-year-old Caden McWilliams, the boy who was found dead in a southeast Denver storage unit in December.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office said Thursday that Leland Pankey, 39, faces three counts: First-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death and tempering with a deceased human.
A hearing is scheduled for June 27.
McWilliams’ mother, Elisha Pankey, was already charged in the death in January. She was charged with child abuse resulting in death and abuse of a corpse.
The boy’s body was found encased in cement in a dog carrier inside a storage unit in the 5000 block of East Evans Avenue on Dec. 23, 2018.
“What began as a domestic violence call to the Aurora Police Department rapidly evolved into a homicide investigation because responding officers cared enough to ensure the involved children were safe,” said District Attorney Beth McCann in a statement. “We have now implicated both parents in this truly horrific crime.”
McCann added that McWilliams’ younger sister is “safe and adjusting well.”