Syracuse man who killed his daughter sentenced

Ryan Lawrence

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A central New York man who killed his toddler daughter, burned her body and dumped her remains in a waterway was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Lawrence of Syracuse was sentenced Wednesday morning in Onondaga County Court.

He pleaded guilty in September to murdering 21-month-old Maddox Lawrence last February. Authorities say he used a wooden baseball bat to kill his daughter, then burned her body in the woods outside Syracuse before tying her remains to a cinder block and dumping her remains in a Syracuse creek.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Maddox in February after Lawrence disappeared with her. Two days later, Lawrence was arrested after being spotted in a shop outside Syracuse. His daughter’s remains were found the next day in an inlet off the end of Onondaga Lake. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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