SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Syracuse father accused of killing his 21-month-old daughter appeared in court for a preliminary hearing Monday morning, where a judge ordered he undergo a mental examination.
24-year-old Ryan Lawrence pleaded not guilty to 2nd degree murder last week in the death of his daughter, Maddox Lawrence.
That came just days after an Amber Alert was issued for little Maddox. Although, according to the Syracuse Post Standard, Maddox was already dead by the time the Amber Alert went out.
Ryan Lawrence is accused of taking Maddox to a remote area in Cortland County where he allegedly killed her and partially burned her body. Police say he then drove the girl’s remains back to Syracuse and hid them at the city’s Creek Walk.
Maddox’s body was pulled from the water on Tuesday, February 23.
The Onondaga County District Attorney says Maddox was being treated for cancer, and says her father may have killed her because he was jealous of the attention she was getting.
Ryan Lawrence is being held without bail.
During his Monday court appearance, CBS contributors say a judge ordered that Lawrence undergo a mental examination.
The doctor performing Lawrence’s examination will determine if he was “mentally stable” during the alleged murder, according to contributors.
Contributors say that if Lawrence is indicted, the murder case against him will go to County Court.