Elisha Pankey was formally charged Monday with child abuse resulting in the death of Caden McWilliams and abuse of a corpse. Denver District Attorney Beth McCann called McWilliams’ death a “terrible tragedy.”
Pankey, 43, remains in the Denver jail on $25,000 bond.
Online court records do not list an attorney for Pankey. A judge has sealed all records in the case, including a document laying out the reasons for Pankey’s arrest.
Police have not released any information about when the boy was determined to be missing. Denver police found his body on Dec. 23.
Authorities also have not said when or how the boy died.