La Crosse area family of missing toddler mourn his mother

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — The La Crosse area family members of missing toddler Major Harris are heartbroken to lose his mother, Mallery Muenzenberger, to violence, they said Thursday morning in a prepared statement.

The family shared the statement, which thanks Milwaukee community volunteers and the Milwaukee Police Department for searching for Major, with News 8.

“We are heartbroken as we prepare to say our final goodbyes to Mallery who was taken from us in such a violent fashion. Mallery was a beautiful kind soul who loved her little boy with all of her heart,” said the statement.

Muenzenberger was a single mother who aspired to become a nurse, according to her family. Her family said she died from domestic violence, but did not go into details.

“Mallery’s life will not be forgotten. We will never let her memory go. We will continue to search for her beautiful baby boy, Major, and bring him home to Lacrosse, to the family that loves and cares for him. Major has been a part of Mallery’s family since his birth and his missing has left an incredible void in our lives,” the statement said.

The statement described a quiet woman who loved her family and shared their strong faith. It notes that she completed her senior exit project at West Salem High School — a project that was dedicated to domestic violence awareness.

Muenzenberger died Oct. 14 of multiple gunshot wounds outside a Milwaukee residence. An Amber Alert was issued Saturday for Major.

Several people were arrested Wednesday in connection with Muenzenberger’s death and two remain in custody, according to the Milwaukee PD. The main suspect, Jaheem Clark, was found Sunday after he died by suicide.

Muenzenberger’s SUV was found outside a laundromat in Milwaukee with blood in the vehicle.

Major’s father, Carlton Laflaura, was estranged from Muenzenberger. He also made a passionate plea Wednesday for Major’s safe return.

“I thank the city of Milwaukee for the people who’ve been helping me search diligently,” he said. “But at the same time so much time has passed, I’m getting angry, I’m getting upset and I’m tired of being humble about my son.”

The Milwaukee Police Department is asking anyone with information about Major or of his mother’s death to call (414) 935-7405.

Read the family’s full statement here: Statement from the family of Mallery M.M.

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