30 may 39-year-old the Leland pence was charged with killing his 7-year-old son, whose body was found in carrying for dogs, rolled into the concrete at the warehouse in Denver (Colorado).
The Caden McWilliams. Source: Elisha McWilliams-Pankey/Facebook
According to prosecutors, on December 23, 2018 investigators searched a warehouse at 5005 E. Evans Ave and found a large cement block. The next day, the office of the medical examination said that inside were the remains of a child. 28 Feb 2019 autopsy report confirmed that the body belongs to 7-year-old Kadena the McWilliams.
Investigators were unable to determine the exact cause of the death of the boy, but doubted that it was murder. Approximately two weeks before the death of the child broke his nose; he also had a fractured skull and hand that had begun to heal even before the murder, saying forensic experts.
«It should be noted that also detected the metabolites of cocaine and methamphetamine in the liver tissues, obtained at autopsy, the report says. — Given the highly suspicious nature of this death, the results of post-mortem examination that the deceased is a small child that depends on others, death was caused by murder.»
Leland Punks. Source: Denver District Attorney’s Office
Court records show that Leland Punks were arrested for drug possession December 22, 2018 — the day before the body was discovered by his son. And on January 7 his mother, 43-year-old Elisha A. Punks, who recently surrendered to the police, officially charged in the abuse of a child resulting in death and abuse of a corpse.
According to the affidavit, she knew that her husband abused Cadena and not feeding him. According to Elisha, July 11 Leland raised his son by the neck so high that his feet never touched the ground. Then he took the boy into the bathroom, where Elisha heard the «noise». After Leland told my wife that they «can’t save both children» and that they «need to take caden to the mountains to bury».
After about three days panky Kadena found dead in the kennel. Elisha claimed that her husband kept the boy there for a few days.
The boy’s mother Elisha Punks. Source: Denver Police
Court records show that on December 17, Elisha went to the police with a complaint that 2 months before that, her husband was strangled to until she lost consciousness. She didn’t tell you earlier because you were afraid your spouse.
When officers arrested Leland, found in his pockets 18 549 dollars in cash. Then they searched his car, where he found a box with several plastic bags, which were methamphetamine, oxycodone and heroin.
Police also searched the hotel room where he stayed Elisha, and found the card from the warehouse. Thanks to this discovery they were able to find the dead body of the boy.
In January the judge issued a regulation on the protection of the youngest daughter of the spouses, and appointed her legal guardian.
The state’s attorney’s office continues to review the district response service in the case of Kadena. 3 years before the death of a child the staff of the Department of social services the County already had contact with the family. It is unknown what the County was doing their business.
«This case has been laborious and painful for all involved, and it horrified the public consciousness to the extent of its development — said the district attorney Beth McCann. — I am happy to report that the younger sister of Kadena safe and well mastered».
Elisha must appear in court on Wednesday, June 5. The hearing for Leland is scheduled for June 27.