Hampton Mother Charged With 3 Counts of Felony Child Neglect in 2-Year-Old Son’s Disappearance

Hampton woman Julia Tomlin was arrested and charged with three counts of felony child neglect in connection with her son’s disappearance.

Arrest warrants reveal the charges against the 34-year-old mother stem from incidents that happened on June 22nd— two days before Tomlin reported her son missing on Monday.

Tomlin is accused of neglecting 3 different children—ages 6-months, 2-years-old and 3-years old.

Julia Tomlin
Julia Tomlin. (Hampton Police)

Two-year-old Noah Tomlin was last seen around the Bayside Mobile Home Village around 1 a.m. Monday. Police have presumed Noah dead, but continue to search in and around the area, including in a nearby landfill.

Search efforts are expected to intensify over the coming days, police said.

Julia and the boy’s father were initially at police headquarters on a voluntary basis. At that time, there were no charges against them and they were cooperating with law enforcement, police told News 3.

The felony child neglect charges are not Julia’s first. In 2010, Julia spent five months behind bars after pleading guilty to felony child neglect.

Court documents say her then-1-year-old daughter was severely burned after Julia sat her down on a hot kitchen stove.

Mother Reports Toddler Missing

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 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.

The CNN wire contributed to this report