Letecia Stauch, who is currently jailed for allegedly killing her 11-year-old stepson, Gannon Stauch, is accused of trying to enlist a fellow inmate into helping her escape a Colorado jail, according to a leaked affidavit.
The 36-year-old woman is currently being held in Colorado’s El Paso County Jail as she awaits trial in the death of Gannon after being charged in March with first-degree murder and related charges.
Letecia allegedly plotted to squeeze through a window located in another inmate's cell, which that inmate revealed to deputies in May, according to an affidavit posted online. While the affidavit has been shared widely, a representative for the El Paso County Sheriff’s office told Oxygen.com on Friday that they are not sure how that affidavit got leaked.
The sheriff's office said they are under a gag order and cannot speak about the allegations contained in the affidavit.
The inmate told deputies that Letecia communicated with her through notes and requested to enter the woman's cell so she could escape through a window with a broom handle which that inmate could obtain. Letecia is not supposed to have any regular contact with the other jail inmates because she has been deemed a “full restraint escape risk," according to the affidavit.
While Letecia was being extradited from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina — where she was first arrested and where she is originally from — to Colorado in March, she allegedly slipped out of her handcuffs and attacked a deputy.
Letecia allegedly snuck notes through the crack beneath the other inmate's cell door and offered the inmate $75,000 for help.
"You have my word to make sure we are MIA," Letecia allegedly wrote to the inmate in a letter, according to the affidavit. "I got us covered!"
The inmate then passed along the notes — some of which were written in code — to the deputies.
Letecia was the last person to see Gannon alive when he vanished in El Paso County in January. The remains of a boy, which have since been tentatively identified as Gannon's remains, were discovered near a Florida bridge in March by a road crew, a spokesperson at the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office in Florida previously told Oxygen.com.
Investigators believe that Letecia killed Gannon with a knife or another sharp instrument in his bedroom the day he supposedly vanished, according to an arrest report which was leaked to 9 News in Denver in April.
A paralegal was charged with official misconduct for that leak and put on administrative leave, the Denver Post reported in May. It's not clear if the newly leaked affidavit is linked to the leaked arrest report.
Letecia allegedly enlisted her 17-year-old daughter to help cover up the murder by having her purchase carpet cleaner, trash bags, and other cleaning supplies. Letecia allegedly dumped Gannon's body off Highway 105 in Colorado’s Douglas County before his body was later moved to Florida.
Letecia’s public defenders, Kathryn Strobel and Kim Chalmers, both of whom work at the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, are not available for comment per office policy.
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