The Associated Press
BALTIMORE (AP) – A funeral was held on Tuesday for 4-year-old Malachi Lawson whose mother and her wife were charged in his death after his body was found on August 3, a day after he was reported missing.
One of Malachi Lawson’s relatives told The Sun that the funeral service was open to the public.
Baltimore police say the boy suffered severe, untreated burns before he was found dead in a trash bin.
Charging 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.
Malachi’s mother, Alicia Lawson, and her spouse, Shatika Lawson, are being held without bail on charges of involuntary manslaughter, child abuse, assault, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and giving false statements.