By Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, [email protected]

On Aug. 13, four-year old Malachi Lawson, was finally laid to rest after living a short, but seemingly hellish life.

Four-year old Malachi Lawson

Hundreds gathered at Mount Zion Apostolic Faith Church in Northwest Baltimore to say goodbye to Malachi, an autistic little boy, with a magnetic smile, who loved to dance. He was allegedly severely abused by his mother and her partner and at some point he died and was tossed in a dumpster like so much refuse. His small body was discovered in a dumpster Aug. 3, with burn marks and other physical signs of injury.

Originally, his mother Alicia Lawson, 25, reported Malachi missing from his grandmother’s home in the 4500 block of Rogers Ave., in Northwest Baltimore days prior to him being discovered in the trash.

Lawson and her partner, Shakita Lawson, 40, were arrested and charged with neglect that resulted in the death of a minor, first-degree child abuse, reckless endangerment and other charges. The couple’s bond was denied during a bail review hearing, when the judge determined them to be a flight risk.

The program for his funeral featured Malachi as a boy with super powers titled, “Remembering Our Superhero Malachi Lawson.”