Police found the remains of the missing boy in a dumpster in Maryland after his mother reported that her son is missing. According to the authorities, the investigation later revealed evidence for the dead boy that led to the mother and her boyfriend.
The mother, 25-year-old Alicia L., and her boyfriend had been arrested and charged for the death of the young boy, after his body was found in a dumpster.
The day before, Alicia reported her son missing, telling police she had last seen him on his grandmother’s porch. However, during police questioning, Alicia allegedly confessed to police that her son was not missing but deceased and led investigators to his body in a dumpster a few miles from their home.
The couple have been charged with child neglect, first-degree child abuse, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and giving false statements.
Alicia and her partner were giving the young boy a bath after he soiled himself, the women told police. While they washed his dirty clothes in the sink, they turned around and saw the boy had “serious” burns on his body from his waist down. The burns were so severe the women could see skin floating in the bathwater at the time.
Out of “fear that the child would be taken from them, that they would get in trouble for what happened to the child and their past history with child protective services,” the decided not to call 911. Instead, over the next nine days, they treated Malachi at home on their own.
One day, Alicia allegedly woke up to find her son lifeless, lying in a “puddle of wetness.” The mother allegedly wrapped him in a blanket and called Uber to take her to a dumpster a few miles from home.
She then allegedly placed her son’s body in a black trash bag inside the dumpster and tied it shut. The boy was reported missing the following day.
From the time of the child’s injury to the fabricated call to 911, neither Alicia or her partner sought medical treatment for the child, instead seeking to hide his injuries for the sake of their own well-being which resulted in his death.