EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)Gannon Stauch‘s stepmother Letecia “Tecia” Stauch appeared in court in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on Tuesday morning, one day after she was arrested for murder. The 11-year-old was first reported missing on Jan. 27.

Letecia Stauch

Letecia Stauch appears in court in South Carolina (credit: CBS)

Letecia Stauch was arrested early Monday morning in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and is facing first-degree murder charges- child under the age of 12 years, child abuse resulting in death and tampering with physical evidence. She will remain in custody without bond in South Carolina until she is extradited to Colorado Springs.

Gannon Stauch and Letecia Stauch

Gannon Stauch and Letecia Stauch (credit: Stauch Family/El Paso County)

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In court, she told the judge she would need to call her lawyer, “I need to call my friend Laura who has an attorney.”

After the judge explained that she would need an attorney, she waived extradition. She is expected to return to Colorado soon.

If Leticia is convicted of the charges she is facing, she faces life in prison.

Letecia Stauch

Letecia Stauch appears in court in South Carolina (credit: CBS)

During the news conference in El Paso County on Monday, investigators said they believe that Gannon is no longer alive and that they have yet to locate him.

Gannon’s mom Landen Hiott (credit: CBS)

Gannon’s mother talked about justice for her son after Letecia’s arrest announcement, “Please hold off questions until we know that this person, this stepmom that I even trusted, that she will pay 100% for this thing that she did. Because I want to live on this Earth knowing that justice will be served for my little boy.”

Comments (3)
  1. ryder says:

    Missing Colorado boy missing pronounced dead 11 year old boy, Gannon Stauch was last seen 5 weeks ago with  the step mother Leticia stauch (36). he was pronounced dead and officials  are still looking for his body. Stepmother Leticia Stauch was arrested for the death of the child. She has four charges on her witch include, First Degree of child under the age of 12, child abuse resulting in death, tampering with deceased human body, and tampering with physical evidence.  Leticia said he left to go to a friends house but the video tape says he got into the truck with her.  Gannon was last seen with Leticia. Leticia lied and is believed to be the one who knows where he is.  Leticia is being held with out bond. Gannon’s father, Al Stauch, couldn’t speak Monday and had El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jacqueline Kirby read a written statement.”My little boy is not coming home. We will never play Nintendo again. No more taco Tuesdays. No more smooth looking haircuts. No more Big Bubba. And, no more G-man for the world.”The person who committed this heinous, horrible crime is one that I gave more to anyone else on this planet, and that is a burden that I will carry with me for a very long time.”I believe that she should go to jail for life. Leticia needs to come out  with the truth about where  this little boy is. The sadness that the father could not speak is so hard. I bet the family is in so much pain because of this. Why take a little boy away from a father, a mother, a sister? Did you do it out of anger or because you think it would be fun? I really want to know what was  going into your mind at the time he was with you. You lied to so many people. I hope you rot in jail. That little boy didn’t get his life because someone like you too it away. You were a stepmother. He trusted you, maybe even liked you and for you to betray that. I hope that you will never be allowed out off the jail and to never see any child again for that matter. 

  2. Allen says:

    Omg that news woman. Lady…..that dress isn’t doing you any favors.

  3. Vince says:

    Euthanize her

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