Death of 7-year-old Colorado boy Caden McWilliams, stepfather has pleaded gulity

This photo released Thursday, May 30, 2019, by the Denver District Attorney shows Leland Pankey. The father of a 7-year-old boy whose body was found encased in concrete inside in a Denver storage unit has been charged in the child's death. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann's office says Leland Pankey was charged Thursday with first-degree murder, child abuse resulting in death and tampering with a deceased human in Caden McWilliams' death. Pankey, 39, is serving a state prison sentence on unrelated charges. (Denver District Attorney via AP)
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DENVER, Colo. (AP) - 7-year-old Caden McWilliams, who was found dead in a Denver storage unit back in Jan. 2019.

Leland Pankey, the stepfather of McWilliams pleaded guilty Thursday to child abuse resulting in death and tampering with a deceased body in his child's death.

However prosecutors dropped a murder charge against him. His wife also previously pleaded guilty in the boy's death.

Denver District Attorney Beth McCann says prosecutors had to take into account the risk of going to trial on a murder charge without being able to say exactly how the boy died.



 
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