3-year-old Major Harris, who has been the subject of an active AMBER Alert for much of the past week, was found dead Thursday afternoon, as Milwaukee police stated in a news conference.
The little boy and his young mother, Mallery Muenzenberger had been initially missing for a week, since Oct. 9. On Oct. 14., the boy's mother was found dead in the backyard of a Milwaukee home. According to the police, the cause of her death was multiple gunshot wounds. Six arrests had been made in her death.
The body of one of the suspects, Jaheem Clark, was found in the same home, with police declaring say he committed suicide shortly before they entered his residence. The medical examiner's office tweeted that an autopsy conducted Tuesday confirmed Clark shot himself in the head.
Authorities learned of Major Harris's disappearance after making contact with Muenzenberger's family to inform them about her death and notify her family, and quickly issued an Amber Alert.
They offered few details about how the little boy was found, declaring that the department utilized every available resource to find him. Specifically, Police Chief Jeffrey Norman stated:
"We were constantly -- 24/7-- working our leads. Working with our community. Working with our different partners. Ensuring this was not going to be taken lightly in regards to the urgency and need of this."
The medical examiner's office tweeted that an autopsy showed Harris had been shot in the head and his death has been ruled a homicide. His death has sparked anger and sadness, with dozens of people coming to the scene to mourn the boy.
The fact that an innocent child was murdered and dumped in a storage bin like a piece of garbage, has many people worrying about the safety of their kids.
Arnitta Holliman, director of the Office of Violence Prevention, declared:
"There should never be an instance where a 3-year-old, or any child, is harmed, and particularly in this kind of situation. We thank every single person that came out to search or whatever they did to help, but we are urging everyone as a community to make sure that we continue to keep women and children safe."