Man murdered 21-month-old cancer-survivor daughter because he was jealous of all her attention

Man murdered 21-month-old cancer-survivor daughter because he was jealous of all her attention
Image: Family photo via WRGB

There are unspeakably demented reasons for taking another human life — especially the life of your own child — but Ryan Lawrence’s motivation for killing his 21-month-old daughter Maddox defies description.

Via CBS Albany affiliate WRGB:

Lawrence entered [a] plea [of guilty to first-degree murder] … in Onondaga County Court [Thursday]. The plea comes with an expected sentence of 25 years to life in prison, and as part of the plea Lawrence waives his right to an appeal. The family of Morgan Lawrence, Maddox’s mother, wants Ryan to admit his guilt as well.


The plea comes nearly seven months after the death of Maddox Lawrence, whose disappearance and death shocked Central New York.

Maddox became a household name in one of the most tragic cases in Central New York. Prosecutors say the 22-month-old was murdered by her father, … at Labrador Hollow near Tully and her body disposed of near Syracuse’s Inner Harbor in February.

What adds an overlay of even greater horror to the grisly tale is that is that Maddox, during her brief life, had already battled and overcome eye cancer.

In fact, the widely publicized story of her struggle turned out to be her death warrant in the mind of her depraved father, who admitted to being jealous over the attention his daughter was receiving.

Sentencing for Lawrence is scheduled for October 7.

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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