Police in Hampton, Va., arrest mom of missing toddler; child believed dead
Police in Hampton, Virginia, have arrested the mother of a missing 2-year-old and charged her with three counts of felony child neglect.
Julia Tomlin, 34, initially said she last saw her son, 2-year-old Noah, at 1 a.m. Monday in his bed at a mobile home park in Hampton's Buckroe Beach neighborhood.
Hampton police chief Terry Sult said Friday night that officials believe the toddler is dead.
"Unfortunately, to date, Noah has not been found," he said. "Based on the highly coordinated investigation, we believe him to be deceased. This leaves us a little bit speechless, but the search for Noah continues. We’ll never give up hope."
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Police had concentrated their search on a landfill about 10 miles from Noah's home but also extended their search across state lines.
“Our hearts and prayers continue to go out to the loved ones of Noah Tomlin and Noah Tomlin,” he said.
The police chief said Julia Tomlin’s other children “are being taken care of” through the city’s Child Protective Services department.
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