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A father has admitted to beating his twenty-one moth old daughter to death because he was jealous of the attention she received after surviving a rare form of eye cancer.
Maddox Lawrence. Via Facebook.
By all accounts, Maddox Lawrence was a loved and cherished baby. Her young parents, Ryan and Morgan Lawrence, worked a cobbled together assortment of jobs to make ends meet for their baby daughter.
Lawrence, 25 and his wife Morgan, 23, from New York were described by friends as 'devoted and loving'. They were always together. Always with their daughter.
The kind of couple you imagined would never be apart.
Ryan Lawrence was "devoted" to his daughter, Maddox. Via Facebook.
Ryan Lawrence and his wife, Morgan, had met when they were in college and had married when Morgan fell pregnant.
Ryan, who worked delivering pasties, usually always had his baby daughter with him in the mornings while his wife slept.
His boss told Syracuse.com that not once did he leave her in the car, instead, he'd carry her with one arm and the boxes of pastries under the other as he did his morning run before dawn.
Its just one example of what a loving father he was. Kind. Thoughtful. Hard working.
The pair were devastated when Maddox was diagnosed with a cancer in her retina. For months they would drive Maddox into New York City, where she underwent hours-long chemotherapy treatments targeted directly at the tumour.
The treatments, targeting the tumour in her eye and the blood vessels feeding it lasted as long as six hours and by her side each and every time was Ryan and Morgan.
Morgan and Maddox. Via Go Fund Me.
On February 20, Ryan dropped his wife at the clothing shop she worked in at 4pm. She was due to be picked up again at 10pm but Ryan and Maddox never showed up.
Instead, Ryan Lawrence left the car for his wife with the keys in it. When she got home she found a note indicating he might harm himself and their baby.
She was missing.
Police put out a report and for two days they searched.
Media reports broadcasting details of the missing baby girl flooded the airwaves. Maddox was wearing a white top with brown puppies and a pink collar, with pink long pants and blue coat with a pink lining.
An amber alert went out.
Morgan appeared on the news desperate, pleading.