Amber Alert

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

Ryan Lawrence, the Syracuse man accused of murdering his 21-month-old daughter Maddox Lawrence last month, was denied bail at his arraignment Wednesday after being indicted on first-degree murder and kidnapping charges. 

Syracuse Police Department

Twenty-four-year-old Ryan Lawrence, accused of killing his 21-month-old daughter Maddox, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges in Syracuse City Court Wednesday.

Tom Magnarelli / WRVO News

The father of a 21-month-old girl who went missing in Syracuse is now being charged with her death. A 911 call and an Amber Alert assisted police in the investigation.

Syracuse Police Department

Updated at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday

Twenty-one-month-old Maddox Lawrence, missing since late Saturday, was found dead in Syracuse's Inner Harbor Tuesday, Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler said during a news conference. Lawrence's father, 24-year-old Ryan Lawrence, has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with Maddox's death.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

More charges are expected this week against a St. Lawrence County couple who allegedly kidnapped two Amish girls.

Police gathered potential evidence from the home of Stephen Howells II and Nicole Vaisey of Hermon Sunday. The pair was arrested Friday night on charges of first-degree kidnapping with intent to harm two Amish girls, ages 6 and 12.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

Saturday, 10 a.m. update:

Police provided a few more details on the two people arrested and charged with kidnapping two Amish girls Wednesday. 

Stephen M. Howells II, 39, and Nicole F. Vaisey, 25, were arrested Friday and were charged with first-degree kidnapping and are currently being held at the St. Lawrence County jail without bail.

During a Saturday morning news conference, St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said, "the motive was to take these girls from their home and to victimize these girls."

St. Lawrence County Sheriff

Update: 

12-year-old Fannie Miller and her 6-year-old sister Delila were found safe and returned home Thursday night. According to WWNY, the girls were dropped off by two men in Richville, about 15 miles from where they were abducted Wednesday evening. When they were dropped off, they were told to stay where they were. Instead, the girls ran to a nearby home and asked for help. The girls were then returned home.