As police continue to search for a missing Virginia toddler who vanished five days ago, new details are emerging about the boy’s family history.
CBS 3 reports that although authorities haven’t revealed whether they feel foul play is involved in the disappearance of 2-year-old Noah Tomlin, court records indicate that the boy’s mother, Julia Tomlin, has had previous legal issues concerning her children.
In 2010, Tomlin was arrested and charged with child neglect after her daughter, a 1-year-old at the time, was burned when Tomlin sat the toddler down on a scorching hot kitchen stove. Tomlin didn’t take the little girl to the hospital until days later.
Tomlin spent five months behind bars after pleading guilty to the felony charge.
According to court documents, Tomlin had five children at the time of the 2010 incident. It’s still unclear, however, how many children were in the home when Noah vanished.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Tomlin reportedly said she put Noah to bed on Sunday at 1 a.m., but by 11:35 a.m the same morning, he was missing. Noah was last seen in his family’s mobile home, off of the 100 block of Atlantic Avenue in Hampton, wearing a diaper and a green and white pajama shirt.
According to Police Chief Terry Sult of the Virginia State Police, authorities are leaving no stones unturned. They’re considering every angle as they continue to search for the boy.
“We’re considering everything from the child just walking away to all the way up to including foul play,” Sult said. “We’re not ruling anything out until we find the child. We’re going to take it as worst case and hope for the best case.”
The child’s mother is said to be working with authorities. She’s not considered a suspect at this time.
WAVY reports that Tomlin responded to requests for comment about Noah, but provided few details.
“[Noah] can’t walk well, he is possibly autistic, he loves everybody and is very affectionate,” Tomlin reportedly said.
Hampton Police say they anticipate coming back out to search the landfill tomorrow. I asked them when they would suspend the search, the PIO said there is no end in sight. They will be out here until it gets dark this evening. They say they are still hopeful Noah is alive. pic.twitter.com/ZJY8oPGBxP
— Aesia Toliver (@AesiaWAVY) June 27, 2019
Meanwhile, search crews have been scouring a landfill off of Big Bethel Road since Wednesday. They resumed the search on Friday.
According to Sgt. Reginald Williams of the Hampton Police Division, authorities turned their search efforts to the landfill as a standard part of the investigation, but not because of a tip or specific information about the area.
“It’s a step that we had planned from the very beginning that’s going to help us check off some boxes throughout the investigation.”
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Hampton police 757- 727-6111.
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[Feature Photo: Noah Tomlin/Handout]