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Where is Noah Tomlin?
Toddler’s Mother Charged with Felony Child Neglect
By Nancy E. Sheppard [Yorktown Crier-Poquoson Post]

Tomlin imageHAMPTON – At 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 24, Hampton Police received a phone call from a mother saying that her 2- year-old son was missing from their Buckroe Beach home. She went on to say that she last saw him when she put him to bed at approximately one o’clock earlier that morning.

A full-fledged search was immediately underway to try and locate the boy. Despite a multi-agency search that included land and water, there was no trace of Noah Tomlin. His parents remained at police headquarters in the first 24 hours of the investigation and the police stated that they were cooperating with the investigation.

As the days dragged by and the temperatures soared, the police agency spread their investigation further out, even inquiring with relatives who lived out of state. The community followed the news in horror as the pictures of Noah’s cherub cheeked face and giant blue eyes were plastered on television screens and websites.

By the end of the week, investigators were thoroughly searching the local landfill in Hampton off Big Bethel Road. Every inch was scoured but still no evidence of the boy. At around 11:30 p.m. on Friday, June 28, Hampton Police chief, Terry Sult, took to the airwaves to announce that Noah’s mother, Julia Tomlin, 34, was arrested for three counts of felony child neglect; stemming from an incident that occurred prior to the boy’s disappearance. He did not disclose details of the charges but did disclose that they were in connect to the disappearance of her son. Chief Sult also stated the horrifying news that their investigation has led them to believe the little boy is deceased.

Over the weekend, the incinerator off Wythe Creek Road, used to burn refuse to create energy for NASA Langley, was shut down and placed a sign out front stating that they were suspending acceptance of any new refuse until further notice. A dispatcher disclosed that there wasn’t an emergency or situation that would have warranted the closure of the facility. Hampton Fire Department was on the scene and could only say that they were aiding police in the ongoing investigation of Noah’s disappearance.

But the question remains: Where is Noah Tomlin?

As much as the community would hope for a happy ending, that doesn’t seem likely. Aside from the charges that Ms. Tomlin is currently facing, she also has a record. In 2010, she served five months in prison after she laid her 12-month-old daughter on a hot stove and did not seek medical attention for the child for at least several days. WTKR cited records that Tomlin has five children, but it is unknown how many were living at her home at the time of Noah’s disappearance. It has also been reported that Noah spent time in the foster care system before being returned to his mother.

Investigators are still searching everywhere they can, leaving no stone unturned. But as the days wane on, this troubling story keeps unfolding. As of the writing of this piece (Monday, July 1), there hasn’t been any further information or leads released. The police have emphasized that the investigation is ongoing and that they are seeking the community’s help for anything that could lead them to recovering Noah.

Noah Tomlin, 2, was reported missing from his Buckroe Beach home at the 100 block of Atlantic Avenue, at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019. He was said to have been wearing a green and white striped pajama shirt and a diaper. His family disclosed that Noah struggles with gross motor skills and has possible signs of developmental delays or Autism Spectrum Disorder.

If you have any information that could lead to the whereabouts of Noah Tomlin or aid in the ongoing investigation, call Hampton Police Department at 757-727-6111 or 888-LOCK-UUP.


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