Juanita Kinzie, a 24-year-old Sterling, Colo. mother who pleaded guilty to the murder of her 3-year-old son Caleb Pacheco will be sentenced today in Logan County District Court, according to The Denver Post. The toddler's decomposed skeletal remains were discovered mummified, wrapped in blankets and plastic, beneath a mobile home.
Kinzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse resulting in the death of her son, Caleb, 7News reports. The original first-degree murder and concealing a death charges were dropped when a guilty plea deal was reached. Kinzie will serve a maximum of 32 years in prison.
It remains unclear why or how Kinzie killed Caleb and due to Kinzie's alleged drug use, the details may difficult to ascertain.
When Denver police first contacted Kinzie in January about the death of Caleb, they said she was under the influence of meth and she told paramedics that her son was dead, CBS4 reports. Kinzie was no longer living in the trailer home where the boy's remains were found and she had only lived there for approximately six months.
Caleb had last been seen alive in January of 2011, according to a 7News report. The family set up a Facebook page called "Where's Caleb" to get help from the community to find the toddler and one of the early posts describes what had been happening -- the post is written in "Caleb's voice" as are all of the Facebook posts:
The reason my family has started this page is they need help in finding me I was last seen in mid-January 2011 with my mother leaving my aunts home. That was the last time my family has seen me.
There is not an AMBER ALERT for me at this time as the local authorities have to make contact with my mother and father to verify I am missing. My mother, is not responding in an effort to help in finding me, there for it slows the process down. So my family is reaching out to the community for help with sightings and the where abouts of me.
Please continue to share this page with friends and families in an effort to locate me and return me to my family.
When authorities believed they had found Caleb's body and when they announced the arrest of Kinzie, there were several updates including some from Cogee Fields, Kinzie's sister and Caleb's uncle.
When Caleb's mother Juanita Kinzie abandoned him more than a year ago, he went to live with his aunt Yolanda Kinzie-Graber, according to Fox31. However, in January of 2011, Kinzie wanted her son back and despite Kinzie's history of drug and alcohol abuse, Logan County Social Services told Caleb's aunt Yolanda that she had to give the child back to his mother. That day in January when Kinzie took Caleb was the last day the family ever saw the young boy alive.
9News spoke with Caleb's family who said that they pleaded with social services to get Caleb from his mother, who they believed to be unfit to raise Caleb, but Kinzie would lie to authorities and no progress was made.
The Denver Post reported back in January that the Colorado Department of Human Services has opened up a child-fatality review in Caleb's tragic death, which is policy when a child is suspected to have died from abuse or neglect.
Photos of Caleb from Caleb Pacheco memorial Facebook page and video documenting the events when the story first broke in January: