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    DENVER (CBS4) – The mother of a 7-year-old boy who was found dead in a storage unit, encased in a block of concrete, was given the maximum sentence Wednesday. Elisha Pankey pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in the death of Caden McWilliams and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. Elisha Pankey (credit: Denver Police) In December 2019, a large block of concrete was found inside a dog carrier in a storage unit in the 5000 block of East Evans Avenue. The next day, officials removed the remains of what appeared to be a child from the block of concrete. In late February an autopsy report indicated that body was that of McWilliams. Caden McWilliams (credit: Facebook) The boy had methamphetamine in his system and numerous injuries. He was also severely emaciated. Investigators could not determine the cause of death but said child maltreatment was a contributing factor. It’s believed McWilliams died in the summer of 2018. (credit: Martha McWilliams/Facebook) Pankey pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and will face a prison sentence of between 16 and...
    DENVER (CBS4) – The mother of a 7-year-old boy who was found dead in a storage unit, encased in a block of concrete, was given the maximum sentence Wednesday. Elisha Pankey pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in the death of Caden McWilliams and was sentenced to 32 years in prison. Elisha Pankey (credit: Denver Police) In December 2019, a large block of concrete was found inside a dog carrier in a storage unit in the 5000 block of East Evans Avenue. The next day, officials removed the remains of what appeared to be a child from the block of concrete. In late February an autopsy report indicated that body was that of McWilliams. Caden McWilliams (credit: Facebook) The boy had methamphetamine in his system and numerous injuries. He was also severely emaciated. Investigators could not determine the cause of death but said child maltreatment was a contributing factor. It’s believed McWilliams died in the summer of 2018. (credit: Martha McWilliams/Facebook) Pankey pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death and will face a prison sentence of between 16 and...
    A new law increasing the maximum punishment for people convicted of animal cruelty from one year to five years took effect in Scotland this week, a month after the Scottish Parliament passed it unanimously. Animal rights groups widely praised the move Thursday, according to U.K. media. “We’ve long campaigned for many of the reforms contained in this new bill, including harsher punishments for animal cruelty,” Kirsteen Campbell, the CEO of the Scottish SPCA, told the Edinburgh Evening News. “We are hopeful increased sentencing and unlimited fines will act as a greater deterrent to people in mistreating animals.” TRUMP SIGNS BILL MAKING ANIMAL CRUELTY A FEDERAL CRIME Many other European countries already imposed a five-year prison sentence for animal cruelty crimes, the outlet reported, and animal charities had been lobbying for Scotland to do so, as well, for years. The old sentence of just one year was one of the shortest maximum sentences for animal cruelty on the continent, according to Battersea, a U.K.-based charity. In a news release, the nonprofit called the new law “a momentous day for animal welfare” and lauded the...
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