Three-year-old toddler, Major Harris, has been pronounced dead.
Authorities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, confirmed the boy’s body was found after an intense search to find the child.
“My heart and my condolences are out to the family,” Milwaukee Police Chief Jeffrey Norman told reporters, adding that the investigation was “ongoing and very fluid.”
Major’s body was discovered at North 35th Street and West Rohr Avenue, Norman said.
The toddler’s mother, Mallery Muenzenberger, 25, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds on Oct. 14 in the backyard of a home, according to authorities. And on Sunday, the suspect in her slaying, Jaheem Clark, 20, killed himself as police arrived outside a home. Officers heard two gunshots from within the home and entered to find him dead, according to the authorities.
An Amber Alert was issued for Major on Saturday as soon as police knew he was missing, Norman stated on Thursday. The father of 3-year-old Major Harris said Friday the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office told him his son was shot in the head.
In a tweet, the medical examiner’s office later confirmed the cause of death and ruled Major’s death a homicide.
“My plea, not even to the community, to the world, I need justice for my son,” Carlton Harris said.
Harris said he plans to bury his son with his mother. In addition, Carlton has been critical of the Milwaukee Police Department and asked people to “pray for this city.”
Family members have also questions regarding the timing of the search for the boy.
“Ya’ll should have been knocking of doors the day he came up missing,” Carlton said. “This is an epic fail,” he continued.
The Milwaukee Police Department responded to WISN 12 News saying, “The Milwaukee Police Department appreciates that the family is experiencing unimaginable grief. We continue to send our sincere condolences to everyone that was impacted by the tragic death of Major Harris and Mallery Muenzenberger. MPD has worked tirelessly over the past week to locate Major and to ensure that justice is rendered to the victims of this horrific incident, and that investigation remains ongoing.”
Earlier in the day, Muenzenberger’s family released another statement after learning of the death of the 3-year-old boy:
“On behalf of the family of Mallery M. Muenzenberger and Major Harris we again want to thank everyone who has helped in the search. We also want you all to know how much your thoughts and prayers have touched us. Our family is heartbroken and devastated beyond belief. We had so much hope for the return of our beautiful Major, that was shattered yesterday. We have been left with so many unanswered questions. Major’s grandparents (Mallery’s father and step- mother) are holding to their last few memories of the time spent together before this horrible tragedy began to unfold. Major was with his grandparent’s helping harvest the garden, gather eggs from the chickens and go fishing. Mallery’s last words to her father were, ‘I love you Dad.’
“Our wishes are to have them buried together. One of Mallery’s favorite songs was ‘In Arms of the Angel’ by Sarah McLachlan. Our hope is our two angels rest in peace together.
“The outpouring from the community both in the La Crosse area and Milwaukee has been tremendous and appreciated. Please pray for all of our families and that justice is served for those involved in this heinous tragedy.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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