A New York father has admitted he beat his 21-month-old daughter to death with a baseball bat because she was getting too much attention.
Ryan Lawrence, 25, indicated that he was jealous because everyone was concerned about his daughter, Maddox, while she battled eye cancer, which she survived.
He has pleaded guilty to killing her, burning her body and the bat he used to beat her in a fire pit for three hours, then anchoring her remains with cinder blocks and dropping them into a Syracuse creek, reports WRGB-TV.
An Amber alert was issued in February when Lawrence and Maddox vanished. The toddler's body was found by police divers about 36 hours after she was first reported missing.
Lawrence told police he prayed to God to give him a sign if he shouldn't go through with what he planned.
"God, if I'm not meant to kill her, make her stumble," Lawrence thought, according to what he later told Detective Mark Rusin.
Then he hit her in the back of the head with a baseball bat, Lawrence confessed, according to Rusin.