SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A New York father pleaded guilty last week to first-degree murder in the February killing of his toddler daughter.
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According to WRGB-TV, prosecutors said Ryan Lawrence, 25, hit his 21-month-old daughter, Maddox, with a baseball bat because of all the attention she was getting for surviving eye cancer.
Lawrence admitted to burning Maddox's body for several hours in a fire pit, then dumping her remains in a nearby creek, Syracuse.com reported.
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Lawrence is expected to get a sentence of 25 years to life as part of his plea in Onondaga County Court.
Maddox’ family agreed to the plea deal, which requires Lawrence to go before a parole board after serving 25 years.
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