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Colorado woman charged in stepson’s death accused of plotting escape

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A Colorado woman who is charged with first degree murder for the death of her 11-year-old stepson is now accused of plotting her escape from jail.

Investigators say 36-year-old Letecia Stauch reached out to a fellow inmate for help to escape from the El Paso County Jail. She is accused of telling the inmate about her plans to use a broom handle to break the window in her cell, and that she had already measured herself to make sure she could fit through.

Deputies say the fellow inmate told deputies about the plan and gave them notes from Stauch that asked for help. Investigators also found a note in Stauch’s cell with her daughter’s name on it telling her not to be afraid if the media reports that she is no longer in jail or is missing.

Letecia Stauch reported Gannon Stauch missing on Jan. 27. She told police he never returned home after going to a friend’s house. Weeks later, investigators presumed the boy was dead and arrested the stepmother in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on March 2. The boy’s remains were found in Pace, on the Florida Panhandle.

Investigators believe Stauch killed Gannon in his bedroom a few hours before reporting him missing. Evidence of blood was found in Gannon’s bedroom and Stauch’s SUV, according to an arrest affidavit. The document doesn’t describe a motive, but investigators said that based on her internet searches, it seems she was unhappily married and resentful of being treated as a babysitter for her stepchildren.

Stauch is set to appear in court Friday.