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Missing 11-year-old boy pronounced dead; authorities arrest stepmother

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(CNN) — Gannon Stauch, the 11-year-old boy who went missing from his Colorado Springs home in January, has been pronounced dead, El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder announced at a news conference Monday.

Elder says the boy’s stepmother, Leticia Stauch, was arrested Monday morning in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on four charges, including murder in the first degree of a child under age 12 by a person in a position of trust; child abuse resulting in death; tampering with a deceased human body; and tampering with physical evidence.

She is being held without bond in South Carolina, where she will remain until she is extradited back to Colorado Springs, Elder said.

Gannon was reported missing Jan. 27 after his mother told police he left home and never came back. His tearful mother told reporters Monday she “got the worst news and the best news.”

“Obviously we know what the worst news is, but the best news is that justice will be served, and I’ll make sure that justice is served because my boy did not deserve any of this that has happened to him,” Landen Hiott said to reporters.

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