Prosecutor: Syracuse man likely killed toddler in rural area

This booking photo provided by the Syracuse, N.Y., Police Department shows Ryan Lawrence, who is charged in the death of his 21-month-old daughter Maddox Lawrence. Police in Syracuse say divers have recovered the body of the toddler who disappeared over the weekend with her father, who is being charged with murder. Police Chief Frank Fowler says the body was found Tuesday in Syracuse's Inner Harbor. Details of her death weren't disclosed. (Syracuse Police Department via AP)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor says a man charged in the slaying of his 21-month-old daughter likely killed the toddler on New York state-owned forestland outside Syracuse before returning to the city and dumping her body in a creek.

Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick says it’s believed 24-year-old Ryan Lawrence killed his daughter Maddox last weekend at the Labrador Hollow Unique Area on the Onondaga-Cortland county line, 15 miles south of Syracuse.

State police divers found the child’s body Tuesday in Onondaga Creek, which flows into Onondaga Lake through Syracuse’s Inner Harbor.

Lawrence was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder. Police say they don’t have a motive for the slaying.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for Maddox on Sunday, after Lawrence disappeared with the girl.

Lawrence is being held in jail. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.


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