Julia Tomlin, the mother of missing toddler Noah, was arrested Friday for his disappearance. This is a mugshot from 2010
The mother of two-year-old Hampton boy Noah Tomlin has been arrested for the disappearance of the toddler almost a week ago, police said on Friday night.
Authorities now also believe (Noah) that they have died, & # 39; said Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult at a press conference.
He added that while that us & # 39; speechless & # 39; the search for Noah continues and & # 39; we will never give up hope & # 39 ;.
The charge against Julia Leanna Tomlin, 34, is pending and she is in custody at the Hampton Police Headquarters.
In 2010, she stayed behind bars for five months after committing child abuse.
According to court documents, her 1-year-old daughter had been severely burned after Tomlin put the baby on a hot stove, WTKR reports.
Noah was last seen when he was taken to bed at family home in the Bayside Mobile Home Village in Norfolk on Monday, June 24 at 1:00 AM.
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Two-year-old Hampton boy Noah Tomlin was last seen on Monday, June 24. The police now believe that he is dead
His mother told the police that she was going to check him around Monday at 11:00 and reported him missing at 11:36 when she didn't find him, the authorities said.
This led to a huge five-day search involving the FBI, firefighters, and various local law enforcement agencies.
& # 39; Unfortunately, Noah has not been found so far; based on the highly coordinated investigation, we currently believe that he died, & # 39; wrote Hampton Police in a statement.
The statement goes further that the police & # 39; our search efforts to find Noah with a more specific focus & # 39; but did not provide further details.
Sult said earlier in the week that Julia Tomlin had assisted authorities. & # 39; It holds up as well as you would expect under the circumstances, & # 39; he said.
Wednesday sms & # 39; in Noah & # 39; s mother ABC affiliate WVEC, write: & # 39; I work very hard with law enforcement to help find my baby. I cannot disclose my location or the whereabouts of my other children for their safety. & # 39;
Fees are charged against Julia Tomlin, 34, (as seen in Facebook photos). She spent five months behind bars in 2010 after pleading guilty of child neglect. Her baby daughter was badly burned after Tomlin put her on a hot stove
The disappearance of Noah led to an enormous search. Vehicles of authorities are shown in the area where the boy was last seen in Virginia on Monday
WTKR reported that Noah had disappeared from the family's home in the Bayside Mobile Home Village in Norfolk
Julia Tomlin served several months in prison in 2010 for negligence in the child, after her 1-year-old daughter was seriously burned when she put the child on a hot stove and was unable to take her to the hospital for days, WTKR reported.
The father, Justin Jones, was also accused of one count of the crime child's negligence.
According to the records quoted by WTKR, Tomlin had five children at that time.
The authorities did not disclose how many children were in Tomlin's care when Noah went missing on Monday.
The neglected mother seems to have posted photos on her Facebook page entitled & # 39; My beautiful children, & # 39; just six days before Noah disappeared.
Officers conducted the search for Noah at the city's landfill on Thursday and Friday.
Sult on Wednesday, officers said & # 39; turn over every stone & # 39 ;.
& # 39; We have looked at land, water, we have checked waste containers, we have checked neighborhoods, houses, buildings underground, in barns, & # 39; said Sult.
& # 39; We did four search phases in the immediate vicinity of Buckroe Beach, where Noah was last seen. The fifth phase is the landfill, so from our previous experience with previous investigations, this is one of the elements to be investigated for cases of missing persons, "said Reginald Williams, spokesperson for Hampton Police.
First responders were also seen looking at the nearby Mill Creek using an airboat.
The wake of & # 39; Bring Noah Home & # 39; is scheduled on Saturday, June 29 at the corner of S. First Street and Seaboard Avenue. It starts with a prayer at 8 p.m. and those present are encouraged to bring a candle at 8.30 p.m. for the candle lighting.
Anyone with information about Noah's disappearance or whereabouts is asked to contact the police at 757-727-6111 or 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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