Mom arrested after saying 2-year-old son disappeared from his bed

Hampton police sgt. Reginald Williams speaks about the case. (CNN Photo)

HAMPTON, Va. (CNN) — The mother of 2-year-old Noah Tomlin has been arrested in his disappearance days after she said he vanished from his bed in their Virginia home, authorities said.

Julia Tomlin is in custody but not has not yet been charged, Hampton Police Chief Terry Sult said at a press conference Friday. He added that Noah is presumed dead, and they will continue to search for him.

“We will never give up hope,” he said.

Tomlin had initially said her son was last seen when he was put to bed around 1 a.m. Monday at their home in Hampton, according to Sult. She reported him missing that day at 11:36 a.m.

Mother reports the toddler missing

Noah went to bed in the early hours of Monday morning wearing a white and green striped pajama shirt and a diaper. It was the last time he was reported to have been seen.

A 2-year-old in Virginia disappeared from his bed

About 10 hours later, his mother reported him missing.

Initially, police said that no explanation of his disappearance was ruled out, including the chance he walked away.

The parents were cooperating with the police, CNN affiliate WTKR reported. Sult said Wednesday that the mother is “holding up as well as you could expect under the circumstances.”

But now, police allege that the child’s mother was involved.

“There are so many people that are hurt by this,” Sult said Friday. “There are so many people out there in the community who would be willing to take care of a child to make sure this doesn’t happen.”

A desperate search

Hampton police have conducted multiple searches, and brought in the Virginia Department of Emergency Management Search Team, the State Police and the FBI to assist in the investigation.

The search took place on land, sea and air, and was done by foot and with drones and sonar, Sult said.

“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.

And even if he’s likely dead, law enforcement officials are desperate to bring the little boy home, he said.

“At the end of the day, it affects the police officers and the first responders as well,” Sult told reporters Friday. “It’s the emotion in their face, through all the dirt, the filth, the tiredness from searching landfills and all the other stuff, the investigations that go on 24 hours a day, the fatigue that can set it.”

“But nobody wants to drop it,” Sult added. “They want to find Noah.”

CNN’s Konstantin Toropin contributed to this report.

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  • Matt McCartney

    No comments for this poor kid. But go to the article about the guy who beat up his dog. They want blood. I don’t know who is sicker: The man who beat his dog unconscious or the people who want him executed for it. Crickets are pretty loud in this section.

  • Dan Smith

    As to the comment regarding the lack of comments, let’s not be naive; if this were minority child/parents, the comment section would be flooded with disparaging comments. But since the victim/suspect isn’t a minority, you can expect more of this sites readers to be extremely outraged over the death of a dog rather than the disappearance/murder of a child, so long as the perp is white.

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