Mother, Boyfriend Charged In Child's Death

Dec 6, 2013

The mother of a murdered four-year-old Columbus girl will go before a judge today to face child endangering charges.

Columbus police arrested 28-year-old Jessica Lawrence yesterday. She is accused of waiting three hours to call 911 after finding Layla Malone badly bruised. Police say Lawrence's delay in getting help likely contributed to the child's death. Police believe the child was beaten by 28-year-old Michael McDaniel, Lawrence's boyfriend who has already been charged in the case.