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2-Year-Old Boy Is Missing From Home After Mom Put Him to Bed

By Samuel Allegri

A 2-year-old boy has disappeared from his Virginia home after his mother put him to bed early June 24, according to local police.

Noah Tomlin was last seen by his mother when she put him to bed in their Hampton mobile home around 1 a.m. on June 24, police said. But when she went to check on him around 11:30 a.m., he was gone.

Police are still looking for the baby described as a 2-year-old white male in a police report. He was wearing a white and green pajama shirt and diaper when he was last seen in the home on the 100-block of Atlantic Avenue.

“We’re turning over every stone,” Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult said at a press conference on June 24. “We’re going to do everything we can do to bring this child home safely.”

Hampton police said at a June 26 press conference that they are working with The Virginia Department of Emergency Management Search Team, the State Police, and the FBI, in their search for the boy, reported Wavy TV 10.

“We have looked on land, water; we have checked trash Dumpsters; we have checked neighborhoods, houses, underneath buildings, in sheds; we actually covered the area multiple times with different teams so we would have different eyes checking the same locations repeatedly,” Sult said.

Investigators said they searched the same areas using drones, sonar, and military technology but still have not located the boy.

“We’re considering everything from the child just walking away, but at 2 years old, probably not able to walk too far, all the way up to and including foul play,” Sult said on June 26. “We’re looking at all potential possibilities. We’re not ruling anything out until we find the child. So we’re going to take it as though [it’s the] worst case and hope for the best.”

Investigators said they are also searching in landfills.

“There’s no specific information that has led us to the landfill, but in past experience, we have found that we often have to search these areas,” Sult said.

Hampton Police Sgt. Reginald Williams said that they are “literally contacting anyone and everyone who might have come into contact with the child.”

The toddler’s parents have been cooperating with police and there are no charges against them, reported WTKR.

“The longer we go on, the more concerned we are for that child’s safety, particularly if that child is alone. A 2-year-old cannot care for itself. That’s why this is so pressing. That’s why there are so many resources involved in this.” said Sult.

“This is weighing heavy on the officers’ hearts and minds that are searching, and we are hoping for a positive resolution.” Sult said.

Police asked anyone with information regarding Noah Tomlin’s whereabouts to call HPD 757-727-6111.

Missing Children

There were 424,066 missing children reported in the FBI’s National Crime Information Center in 2018, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Under federal law, when a child is reported missing to law enforcement they must be entered into the database. In 2017, there were 464,324 entries.

“This number represents reports of missing children. That means if a child runs away multiple times in a year, each instance would be entered into NCIC separately and counted in the yearly total. Likewise, if an entry is withdrawn and amended or updated, that would also be reflected in the total,” the center noted.

The center said it assisted officers and families with the cases of more than 25,00 missing children. In those cases, 92 percent were endangered runaways, 4 percent were family abductions, 3 percent were critically missing young adults between the ages of 17 and 21, 1 percent were lost, injured, or otherwise missing children, and less than one percent were nonfamily abductions.

“(Technology) has great benefits and some potential risks,” Nancy McBride, the executive director of Florida Outreach at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), told USA Today in 2017. “It’s important to stay plugged into their lives.”

McBride said online predators use technology to lure children and exploit gaps in communication between children and their parents when the relationship isn’t strong.