District Attorney: Jealousy could play a role in Baby Maddox death

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WIVB) – In a news conference this afternoon, Syracuse police say they are confident the body of 21-month-old Baby Maddox was pulled from an icy Syracuse harbor Tuesday. We’re also hearing from Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick about the tragic murder.

He spoke with the CBS affiliate in Syracuse, CNYCentral late Tuesday afternoon. He alluded to jealousy over the attention his daughter was getting as a possible motive in the murder. He then addressed accusations Morgan Lawrence played a role in her daughter’s death, saying the mother had no knowledge of or involvement in the child’s murder.

After days of searching, it wasn’t the ending anybody expected or wanted. An Amber Alert cancelled and a father charged with second degree murder. Baby Maddox and her father Ryan Lawrence were last seen late Saturday.
The search went through Monday, when officers arrested Ryan Lawrence on a tip from a 911 call. News of the death of baby Maddox has shaken the community and law enforcement as well.

Police Chief Frank Fowler said, “We’re willing to step up and don those badges and uniforms each day to stand in the gap, to try to assure that something like this doesn’t happen. And when it does, we want to bring closure for the family. But boy, it don’t make it any easier.”

So the District Attorney has said Maddox’s mother has played no role in the baby’s disappearance and death thereafter.

The Police Chief says this has been a very difficult investigation for officers.

Fowelr said, “When you’re talking about a child, you’re talking about a special situation. Although every human beings life has value, we’re supposed to protect our children. And all of us in law enforcement, that’s the way we feel.”

Chief Fowler would not answer questions in regards to a possible motive or what was exactly in the note Ryan Lawrence left.

Lawrence is expected to be arraigned in Syracuse court Wednesday morning.

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