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Police: Mother of boy found dead in storage unit arrested

January 3, 2019
This photo provided by the Denver Police shows Elisha Pankey, 43, who was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in the death of a 7-year-old boy believed to be her son who was found dead in a storage unit last month. Police say she is being held for investigation of child abuse resulting in death.(Denver Police via AP)

DENVER (AP) — Police say a woman believed to be the mother of a missing boy whose body was found in a Denver storage unit has been arrested.

Police said Thursday that 43-year-old Elisha Pankey was being held in jail on investigation of child abuse resulting in death. She turned herself in on Wednesday.

Police found the boy Dec. 23 after getting information from police in neighboring Aurora.

The court document laying out the reasons for her arrest is sealed. Police said they wouldn’t release any other information because the investigation is ongoing.

Court records show Pankey was charged with drug possession in Aurora two days before the boy was found. A call to the public defender’s office representing her in that case wasn’t returned.

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