The Baltimore City Department of Social Services confirmed that it is conducting a “thorough, internal review” of its handling of Malachi Lawson, a 4-year-old boy found dead in a dumpster earlier this month.
In a letter sent to The Baltimore Sun on Friday afternoon, department Director Randi Walters wrote: “A thorough, internal review of Malachi’s involvement with our agency is underway, and we are partnering with law enforcement on their criminal investigation and any prosecutions.”
Malachi was initially reported missing on Aug. 2, and his body was found the next day in a dumpster with burns from a scalding bath that had gone untreated for days, according to police.
Malachi’s mother, Alicia Lawson, and her spouse, Shatika Lawson, have been charged with numerous crimes, including involuntary manslaughter, child abuse, assault, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and giving false statements. They are being held without bail.
According to charging documents, Malachi was burned in a bath, but the women did not seek medical care for him “due to 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.”