Updated, July 3rd, 2019. Police believe they have recovered the body or the remains of two year old missing Hampton Virginia boy Noah Tomlin. His remains are believed to have been found in a steam plant. No further information is available at this time.
In a nutshell, they believe this psychotic mom threw Noah Tomlin in the trash.
Police charged the mother of missing toddler Noah Tomlin with three felony counts of child neglect Saturday, then seemed to move their search for the child to the site of a city-operated incinerator.
Julia L. Tomlin, 34, is being held without bail at Hampton City Jail.
By press time Saturday, police did not share any new information about why police believe Noah Tomlin is dead, evidence that spurred the arrest of Julia Tomlin, or where searches have shifted.
“We’ll never give up hope,” said Police Chief Terry Sult at a news conference late Friday. He declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.
A department spokesman declined to share details of the investigation Saturday morning to “preserve integrity” of the search.
On Monday, the day Noah was reported missing, the search was centered on the Buckroe area. It shifted to the landfill on Big Bethel Road through Friday afternoon, and search operations of police and other agencies were centralized at Fire Station 11 across the street.
On Saturday, there was little sign of the search at either the fire station or landfill. However, several public-safety vehicles and workers were at the Hampton/NASA Steam Plant on Wythe Creek Road, which burns some refuse from the landfill to produce energy for the nearby NASA Langley Research Center.
Public safety staff wearing protective suits were visible behind the plant’s chain link fence. The facility was closed to the public, and a sign at the entrance stated the plant “will not be accepting trash until further notice.”
Every day, garbage trucks from Hampton and Poquoson deliver refuse to the steam plant, according to information on Hampton’s website.
Anthony Chittum, a battalion chief for the fire division, did not offer details about the division’s presence at the plant beyond saying the division was supporting the police in its search. An emergency dispatcher said there was no fire or breaking incident at the plant.
Charges of child neglect
Tomlin told police she last saw her son at 1 a.m. Monday at his home in the Bayside Village Mobile Home Park, and reported him missing around 11:30 a.m.
The documents regarding the case available Saturday afternoon at the Hampton Magistrate’s Office allege the child neglect occurred two days before Tomlin reported her son as missing — June 22.
There was no criminal complaint available Saturday to provide a description of the incident that led to the charges. It is unclear whether the counts refer to the same child. Police have refused to say how many people were living in the mobile home at the time of Noah’s disappearance.
Tomlin is not employed, according to the bail determination documents. She has an aunt and children in the area, but the document did not specify how many children she has.
Tomlin’s Facebook page says she attended Norview High School in Norfolk, and online records indicate relatives of hers live in the city. Norfolk school officials refused to provide any information or verification of her enrollment. But the acquaintance said she dropped out of school, and her bail determination checklist says she has a ninth-grade education.
In 2010, Tomlin pleaded guilty in Newport News to one felony charge of child abuse after one of her daughters suffered severe burns.
Child Protective Services and medics found her then-1-year-old child with burn marks on her back, according to the criminal complaint from the 2010 case. According to court records, Tomlin told police she had placed her daughter on a stove to feed her without knowing for sure whether the stovetop had been turned off after she finished cooking.
Tomlin told police that it was the first time her daughter had been able to sit up on her own so she asked the child’s father, Justin Samuel Jones, to take a picture. She said she became distracted when one of her other children came into the kitchen and her daughter fell over and landed on the stove, according to the complaint.
Tomlin and Jones said they cleaned the girl and put her to bed, but did not notice any burn marks until the next day, according to the documents. The child’s burns turned from welts to blisters, but her parents did not take her to the hospital, the criminal complaint stated.
Tomlin pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison, with all but five months suspended.