A tragic end was announced on Saturday, Aug.3, in the case of missing Malachi Lawson, 4, according to CBS Local.
Investigators found Malachi’s body with signs of physical injury in a dumpster.
“It is with a heavy heart that I stand before you this Saturday afternoon,” Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison said. “We have a development in the case of 4-year-old Malachi Lawson. Last night, after extensive interviews with Malachi’s mother, Alicia Lawson confessed that her son was not missing, but deceased.”
Alicia Lawson, 25, and her partner, Shakita Lawson, 40, were arrested and are expected to be charged with neglect that resulted in a minor’s death.
Both Alicia and Shakita Lawson could face additional charges pending the results of an autopsy.
Malachi was reported missing from his grandmother’s house on Rogers Avenue’s 4500 blocks in northwest Baltimore, Maryland, around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug.1.
Maryland State Police brought in a K9 Unit to help in the search, but the confession of Alicia Lawson brought the search to a close.
“She subsequently gave police the location of the child’s remains, which was the 5500 block of Hadden Avenue,” Harrison said.
Lawson originally told police that she had left Malachi on the porch of his grandmother’s house, and when she returned, he was gone.
Volunteers had been looking for Malachi as if he were their own.
“It’s extremely shocking to the conscience to know that a child went missing, especially a child that went missing for that long,” Harrison said. “That’s why it’s so important that we hit the ground running with all the help and all the resources we can possibly get so we can find the answers to the questions and arrive at the truth, so we can calm fears in the community that there may be something else going on.”
Malachi’s body was taken to the medical examiner’s office. Homicide detectives said the body had obvious signs of physical injury.