Police in Hampton, Va., arrest mom of missing toddler; child believed dead

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Police in Hampton, Va., arrest mom of missing toddler; child believed dead

Police have arrested the mother of a missing 2-year-old in Hampton, Va., and charged her with three county of felony child neglect, police said.
Julia Tomlin, 34, of Hampton, Va., was arrested June 28, 2019 on felony child neglect charges following the disappearance of her 2-year-old, Noah. Tomlin had reported the child missing from her home on Monday. Noah has not been found, but police said they believe he is 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.

Noah Tomlin, 2, was reported by his mother, Julia Tomlin, missing from their home on June 24, 2019. Hampton, Virginia, police arrested Tomlin on June 28 on child felony neglect charges. Police said they believe the child is dead.

 “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.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Police in Hampton, Va., arrest mom of missing toddler; child believed dead