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Community mourns tragic death of 4-year-old Malachi Lawson

Posted at 5:18 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 17:20:29-04

BALTIMORE — "It's unimaginable," said neighbor Courtney Mosby.

Mosby said she just found out yesterday, that 4-year-old Malachi Lawson was her neighbor. Unfortunately, she only found out because of his tragic death.

"I'm a mom of three toddlers and I was just very shocked. I can't believe it. I couldn't imagine being overwhelmed enough to bring any harm to my child at all," said Mosby.

She's one of the many East Baltimore neighbors mourning the loss of a boy they didn't even know lived on their block of N. Spring Street.

"When I found out it was in my neighborhood, it hit close to home. I was very shocked about that and I also prayed for the kid," said neighbor Frank McMillian.

A missing person flier for the boy still sits in the front window of his home, a reminder of the tragedy.

His mom, 25-year-old Alicia Lawson, and her spouse, 40-year-old Shatika Lawson, are facing life in prison in the death of their son.

They reported him missing Thursday. Alicia said he went missing from his grandmother's porch on N. Rogers Ave. That sparked a widespread search for the boy.

His mom's even took to Facebook, writing, "You are everything to us Please bring my son back home to us he needs us more then anybody" and "people are so sick snatching a toddler."

But it was all a cover up. Alicia later confessed to police that he died in her home and she took a Lyft to dump his body 10 miles away.