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Stepmother stabbed her stepson, shot him in the head and dumped his body in a suitcase while his father was out of town

According to the court documents, investigator testified Thursday that the 11-year-old boy, who was found in a suitcase shot in the jaw and stabbed in his torso more than a year ago, has defensive wounds on his arms and hands. The 38-year-old stepmother allegedly killed the 11-year-old stepson at their home, while his father was away on trip.

Sgt. Yoder described the condition of the 11-year-old’s body, which was found in a suitcase in March 2020. The child was shot and stabbed and his body was reportedly in a suitcase, A construction worker found the 11-year-old victim, Gannon Stauch, off Highway 90 in Colorado.

The 38-year-old defendant reported Gannon missing on Jan. 27, 2020 while the boy’s father was out of town. She allegedly told investigators the child had gone to a friend’s home, but she did not say which friend.

Investigators found a 9mm gun in the home with DNA on it from the defendant and two other people. Authorities said that the bullet in the 11-year-old victim’s head was apparently fired from that gun.

She picked up her husband from the airport the next day using a rental car, then drove alone in her personal vehicle where she allegedly first dumped the child’s remains. Investigators found the child’s blood in the area, but they suggest that she moved the boy’s body in early February 2020 to Florida.

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