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4-Year-Old Boy Found Dead in Baltimore Trash Had Severe, Untreated Burns

His mother and her wife face charges including involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and false statements

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NBC 4 New York

What to Know

  • A 4-year-old boy found dead in a trash bin in Baltimore had extreme untreated burns, apparently from scalding bath water
  • His mother, Shatika Lawson, and her wife face charges including involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and false statements
  • Shatika Lawson's lawyer said she had no malicious intent

Baltimore police say a 4-year-old boy suffered severe, untreated burns before he was found dead in a trash bin. 

News outlets report charging documents released Monday detail the gruesome end to the life of Malachi Lawson, whose disappearance prompted an intense search. 

The documents say his mother, Alicia Lawson, and her wife, Shatika Lawson, told police Malachai was scalded by bath water so hot that his skin was floating around him. Police said they feared getting punished, so tried to treat the burns themselves. They said Alicia Lawson found her son unresponsive nine days later, wrapped him in a blanket and caught a Lyft to the trash bin. 

Both women face charges including involuntary manslaughter, child abuse and false statements. Shatika Lawson's lawyer said she had no malicious intent.

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