Father, 27 yr old Jevon Wameling waits two weeks after 9 mo old baby, Levon disappears to call LE, police search for clues

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Post by raine1953 on Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:44 am

UTICA —
Why would a parent wait two weeks to report that his 9-month-old son had gone missing?
That’s what Utica police are now trying to figure out after Jevon Wameling, 27, came forward Tuesday afternoon to reveal that his baby, Levon, disappeared on May 29 after he left the boy on his front porch in East Utica for a matter of minutes.
But more urgently, Utica police and New York State Police K-9 units spent several hours Wednesday searching the streets and wooded areas around 748 Jay St. for any clues about what happened to Levon.
Although police are not yet saying whether they believe Levon is dead or alive, they did say that Wameling is currently a “person of interest” in his son’s disappearance.
“Most people can draw their own conclusions whether his actions were suspicious or not,” Utica police Sgt. Steve Hauck said. “Suffice it to say that there is essentially no explanation for why you wouldn’t report a child missing after two weeks.”

According to Wameling’s version of events – which has already begun to make national news, officials said – Wameling took Levon for a late-night walk around the block May 29 because the boy was having trouble sleeping.

When Wameling and his son returned home around 11:30 p.m., Wameling said his front door was locked so he left Levon, wearing only a diaper, on the front porch briefly while he went around back to climb in through an upper window, Hauck said. Once Wameling opened the front door from the inside, that’s when he discovered that Levon was no where to be found.
Two weeks went by until Wameling’s concerned mother confronted her son and asked where the baby was, Hauck said. That’s when Wameling finally said he was gone.
Wameling’s family contacted a local attorney, who then reached out to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office. The attorney was advised to contact Utica police, at which time the attorney brought Wameling to the police station for questioning at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday, Hauck said.
The attorney, however, made clear he was not representing Wameling in this matter, Hauck said.
Shortly before Levon went missing, the boy’s mother had gone to a drug rehabilitation facility, leaving Wameling to be Levon’s sole caretaker, Hauck said. Police have since contacted Levon’s mother, who is Wameling’s girlfriend, and they plan to question her in the near future.


For now, however, police have to play “catch-up” two weeks later without knowing whether Levon’s disappearance is an actual abduction case or something worse.
For those in the neighborhood where police focused all their attention Wednesday morning, they found Wameling’s story hard to swallow.
“There’s no way I believe that anyone would get up and take that baby away,” said Reaver Singleton, who often keeps her eye on the block from her window late at night. “It doesn’t sound right, not in this area.”
But even if someone did quickly snatch Levon, Singleton wondered how any parent would let days and weeks go by without reporting the child’s disappearance.
Wameling’s landlord, Guy Palmieri, agreed. But knowing the type of second-floor tenant Wameling was for about four years, Palmieri said he doubts Wameling would be capable of harming his son. Wameling would frequently lock himself out of his apartment, Palmieri said, and occasionally would annoy his downstairs neighbor with loud music.
“I just don’t believe something bad happened, at least by him,” Palmieri said of Wameling. “I just don’t see him to be that kind of person, being mean to children.”
Wameling has had a history of minor encounters with police over the years, including a variety of drug and weapon arrests, according to O-D archives. In 2010, Wameling was charged with escaping police custody and with attempting to strike a police officer during his arrest.
As police hope to talk to any family or friends who knew Wameling, investigators are also checking family court records for any custody disputes involving Levon that might suggest someone is hiding the boy.
Police have also reached out to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the missing person unit of the state Division of Criminal Justice Services. By Wednesday afternoon, the Missing and Exploited Children center had agreed to send several retired investigators to offer Utica police insight about what clues they should look for in this missing child case.
“Our goal is to find this kid,” Utica police Chief Mark Williams said. “Basically, manpower and overtime is not our concern. We will leave no stone unturned.”
Anyone with information about Levon’s whereabouts can call the Utica Police Department at 735-3301.


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Normal Search for baby Levon resumes full-force today

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By ROCCO LADUCA / Observer-Dispatch Utica police Chief Mark Williams stands in front of a photo of 9-month-old Levon Wameling during a press conference at the Utica Police Station on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, to announce that Levon's father, Jevon Wameling, did not report his son's May 29 disappearance from East Utica for two weeks.

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UTICA —
Authorities have resumed their efforts in full force Thursday morning to hunt the streets of Utica for any signs of what happened to 9-month-old Levon Wameling.
Despite a morning of soaking rain, the search as already picked up where it left off Wednesday after police first learned that Levon’s father, Jevon Wameling, 27, hadn’t reported his baby’s May 29 disappearance for two weeks.
The search efforts with sniffing state police K-9 units began at the 748 Jay St. address in East Utica where Wameling said Levon mysteriously went missing after he left the baby briefly unattended on the front porch to open a locked door.
After spreading out from there, however, Utica police officials would not identify what specific areas authorities were focusing their ground search today.
“I’m not going to get into where we’re searching,” Utica police Sgt. Steve Hauck said Thursday. “Hypothetically, if this kid was killed and dumped somewhere, I don’t want to tip our hand where we’re searching so someone can go and move the body.”
Police have not yet said whether they believe Levon is dead or alive, but they do consider Wameling a “person of interest” whose story about his son’s disappearance has raised eyebrows among law enforcement and the neighborhood.
In particular, police still can’t explain why Wameling waited two weeks to report the boy missing. Wameling only came forward Tuesday afternoon after he was confronted by his parents about the baby’s whereabouts, police said.
Since Utica police publicly revealed the missing child case Wednesday, Hauck said a number of agencies have already joined their efforts to find out what happened, including: New York State Police, the FBI, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.
Police pleas for help have also brought a heartfelt reaction from many members of the public, Hauck said.
“There’s certainly been enough of a public reaction where people are calling, clearly upset, and are willing to literally help us search the area,” Hauck said. “But because this is an urban setting, I think it’s best to search using police.”
Still, police are asking anyone with information about Levon and his father – no matter how minor it might seem – to come forward and share what they know, Hauck said.
Anyone with information about Levon’s whereabouts can call the Utica Police Department at 315-223-3510 or 315-735-3301.


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Post by raine1953 on Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:53 pm

UTICA, N.Y. -- As police closed their second day of searching for Levon Wameling, the nine-month-old's mother made an emotional plea.

"I would like to ask anybody that's out there, if you know where he is, or if he's alive or dead, just please call the Utica police station so I can put him to rest," Amy Warney said.

It's a plea police echoed in their news conference Thursday. They asked the people of Utica to search their own backyards.

"Because they're going to know their properties better than we are. And they may by chance come across something that they know doesn't fit in," said Police Chief Mark Williams.

Williams said their search is much more difficult because of the rain washing away scents for dogs and Levon hasn't been seen in two weeks.
"I want to remain optimistic, but you know, with any possible abduction or missing child investigation, we all know the longer time goes by, obviously the concern grows," Williams said.
Their concerns are also growing about the circumstances of Levon's disappearance.
Levon's father, Jevon Wameling, told police he left the child on the porch while he went around the house to unlock the door. He said Levon was gone when he came back. That was on May 29th, he didn't come forward until Tuesday.
"We have a problem with what he says," said Williams. "There's no question about it. And when you think about it, here's a guy who waited two weeks to bring forward the fact that his child is missing."
And though he's not charged, he isn't helping police much either.
"The last we left it with the father, he asked for an attorney and no longer wanted to speak with us," said Williams.
Jevon Wameling has been named a person of interest, but Williams said they still don't have probable cause to call the disappearance a crime.
But they say their main focus now is on finding Levon.
Police are requesting that people who want to help in the search only look on their own property and not elsewhere.

If you do have information pertinent to the case, you're asked to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800 - THE LOST, or 1-800-843-5678.

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Post by raine1953 on Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:57 pm

UTICA, N.Y. (WSYR/CNN) - Police in Utica, N.Y. are looking for a missing 9-month-old boy.
According to the authorities, Levon Wameling went missing two weeks ago but his father, Jevon Wameling, [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] on Tuesday.
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Post by raine1953 on Thu Jun 13, 2013 10:06 pm


(Photo from Facebook) This is reportedly Levon and Jevon (father)


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Normal Police: No indication father had searched for missing Utica boy

Post by raine1953 on Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:09 pm

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Authorities have not yet talked to anyone who says Jevon Wameling had made any efforts to look for his 9-month-old son in the two weeks after the boy went missing, police said Friday.
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