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      Father of missing Utica baby stands by claim that the child was abducted

      Levon Wameling
      The father of missing 9-month-old Levon Wameling says he only left his baby alone for a few moments while he went inside his Utica home. He says his baby boy was abducted.

      The father, 27-year-old Jevon Wameling, told the Utica Observer-Dispatch that he waited two weeks to alert police because he did not want to tip off the kidnapper and he was skeptical that investigators would help him. Jevon Wameling has been silent since reporting the child missing to police last week.

      The Oneida County District Attorney told CNY Central that it is too early to look at any potential criminal charges in the case. Police are continuing their investigation and continue to search the area around 748 Jay Street and other locations.

      Police say they consider Jevon Wameling as a person of interest in the case, but have not identified him as a suspect. The baby??s mother, Amy Warney, who was away when the baby went missing, has asked for the community's help to find her son.

      According to the Utica OD, Jevon Wameling previously dated a woman whose newborn baby unexpectedly died in 2005. The death was ruled accidental suffocation. Police may take second look at the previous death in the future, but for now, the focus in on finding Levon.

      Levon Wameling went missing on May 29 and was reported missing on June 11.

      Anyone with any information that may help in the investigation is asked to call Utica Police at 315-735-3301.