The mother of a missing 2-year-old Virginia boy is facing several felony charges as a desperate search to find him continues.
Daily Press reports 34-year-old Julia L. Tomlin has been charged with with three felony counts of child neglect in connection with the disappearance of her son, Noah Tomlin. Charging documents indicate that there was some sort of incident that occurred on June 22, a day before Noah’s disappearance, that led police to arrest the boy’s mother.
She’s being held without bail at the Hampton County jail.
During Tomlin’s first court appearance, she told a judge that she’s disabled, unemployed, and lives off of a disability check each month. She was assigned a public defender.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Tomlin reportedly said she put Noah to bed on June 23 at 1 a.m., but by 11:35 a.m the same morning, he was missing. Noah was last seen in his family’s home, off of the 100 block of Atlantic Avenue in Hampton, wearing a diaper and a green and white pajama shirt.
This isn’t Tomlin’s first arrest involving child neglect.
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.
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Tomlin reportedly told authorities she didn’t realize the stove was on and that the incident was accidental. She 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 how many children were in the home when Noah vanished, but CBS 3 reports that at least four other people currently live in the home.
Meanwhile, Hampton authorities continue to search for the missing boy. They’ve conducted multiple searches and utilized the help of the FBI, the state police, and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management search team.
After searching a landfill for days, authorities have now turned their search efforts to the city incinerator, Hampton/NASA Steam Plant, on Wythe Creek Road. Garbage trucks deliver trash to plant daily, but on Monday, a sign in front read that it “will not be accepting trash until further notice.”
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Hampton police 757- 727-6111.
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[Feature Photo: Noah Tomlin/Handout; Julia Tomlin/Hampton PD]