New forensic data reportedly confirms the suspicion of Virginia police investigating the remains of a young child found in a trash incinerator earlier this month.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Hampton police believed the remains were those of 2-year-old Noah Tomlin and his mother was arrested on suspicion of her involvement in his disappearance.
According to WTVR, Julia Tomlin reported her son missing nine days before the body was found on July 3. Days later, she was reportedly facing child neglect charges.
In an announcement on Saturday, authorities cited medical examiner’s office updates and a report from the Virginia Department of Forensic Science identifying a match between the missing toddler and DNA samples recovered from remains found at the NASA steam plant.
Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult went on to herald the hard work of his officers, who reportedly sorted through two million pounds of garbage in pursuit of a lead that remains might be buried either at the plant or a nearby landfill.
“You’re dealing with conditions that are high humidity, high temperature. In this case, at the steam plant, they’re in a confined space,” he said.
In addition to the most recent criminal allegations, Julia Tomlin pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges related to burning her baby daughter on a hot stove, for which she spent five months behind bars, as reported by Fox News.
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[Featured image: Noah Tomlin and Julia Tomlin/handout, Hampton PD]