Hampton mother charged with 3 counts of felony child neglect in 2-year-old son’s disappearance

Posted at 9:53 AM, Jun 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-29 09:55:41-04

HAMPTON, Va. - Hampton woman Julia Tomlin was arrested on June 28 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 22— two days before Tomlin reported her son missing on Monday.

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

Julia Tomlin (HPD)

2-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 the city landfill and steam plant, where trash is also taken.

Julia and another parent were questioned at police headquarters on a voluntary basis the day Noah disappeared. After hours of questioning, police allowed them to go home.

One week after the search, police say they are not looking at Noah's father as a suspect in his disappearance, which is why they have not released his name or any information about him.

The felony child neglect charges Julia faces are not her 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.

Julia was expected to ask the judge to be released on bond July 3, but instead she withdrew from having her hearing.

On July 29, Julia's bond was denied in court. The prosecutor is waiting on the Medical Examiner's report and believes additional charges could be filed.

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