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Amber Alert Issued for Missing Syracuse Toddler

Photos Courtesy: Syracuse Police
Photos Courtesy: Syracuse Police

UPDATE: 02/23/2016  4:41am Ryan Lawrence was reported taken into custody overnight.  Crews are continuing to search for 21-month old Maddox Lawrence, who was not with abduction suspect Ryan Lawrence at the time.

UPDATE: 02/22/2016  8:28am Sgt. Richard Helterline of Syracuse Police joined WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning to discuss the case.

Sgt. Helterline says that there are no new leads in the case this morning.

He says that Maddox Lawrence’s parents, Morgan Lawrence and suspect Ryan Lawrence, were together and that the alleged abduction was “out of the blue.”

Because the couple shared one car, which was left at the mall, Helterline says they do not have a description of any other vehicle that may have been involved.  He is urging anyone with information – even if that information consists of just a “hunch-” to call 911.  He says they would certainly rather be safe instead of sorry.

Original Story:

New York State Police are asking for your help finding a missing toddler who may have been abducted.

Anyone with information is being asked to immediately contact authorities by calling 911 or: (866) N Y S-AMBER.

The one-year-old child, Maddox Lawrence, is a white female about two feet tall and weighing approximately 26 pounds.  She has blonde hair and brown eyes.

According to a written release from police in Syracuse, she was last seen “…wearing a white shirt with pink collar and brown puppies, long pink pants, a blue coat with pink interior, brown suede shoes and a gray knit hat with pom poms.”

The suspect, Ryan Lawrence, is a 24-year-old white man standing 5’11” tall and weighing approximately 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a gray shell jacket,blue jeans, and tan Timberland boots.

They are believed to be in any one of the following New York counties: Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca, Tompkins, Wayne Counties.

The Syracuse Police Department says that the alleged abduction occurred near Valley Drive in Syracuse at approximately 10:57pm last night, February 20, 2016.

According to a written release issued by New York State Police, working with local law enforcement, ” The suspect left home with the child last night after leaving information indicating that he was going to harm himself and possibly the child. The suspect has a history of mental health issues and is emotionally unstable.”



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