Man pleads guilty to killing 21-month-old daughter who survived battle with cancer

Man pleads guilty to killing 21-month-old daughter who survived battle with cancer

Ryan Lawrence (Syracuse Police Department)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — A New York father pleaded guilty last week to first-degree murder in the February killing of his toddler daughter.

It was an emotional scene inside Onondaga County Court this morning as Ryan Lawrence pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the death of his daughter Maddox, nearly 7 months after her disappearance and death.

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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.