A mother and her female partner have been charged with manslaughter and child abuse after a four-year-old boy was found dead in a Baltimore dumpster.
Authorities including the FBI had been searching for Malachi Lawson after he was reported missing from the porch of his grandmother’s home on Thursday, August 1.
But the boy’s mother Alicia Lawson admitted on Friday night that Malachi was not really missing, but dead.
Lawson, 25, helped police find Malachi’s remains on Saturday in a metal trash bin, where the young boy’s body was found with ‘obvious signs of injury’.
She and her partner Shatika Lawson, 40, face charges including child abuse, involuntary manslaughter and giving false statements.
The pair could face further charges once a medical examination has been completed, police commissioner Michael Harrison warned.
The couple are now in police custody and cops have released their booking photos after they were formally charged with child abuse and involuntary manslaughter.
Malachi had likely been dead since August 1, police said.
According to charging documents seen by the Baltimore Sun, Malachi had been suffering from burns for days before he died.