Utica Police searching for infant missing for two weeks, reported missing Tuesday
For the first time, we are hearing from the mother of 9-month-old missing infant Levon Wameling, as the search for him continues in Utica.
Through tears, Amy Warney asked for the community's help to find her son.
"If you know where he is, if he's alive or dead, please call Utica Police so I can put him to rest. Don't be scared, if you know anything, please contact somebody," Amy said at a press conference at the Utica Police Department Thursday evening.
Utica Police are searching for a 9-month-old Levon Wameling, who was last seen two weeks ago. Police say the father of the child, 27-year-old Jevon Wameling, told attorneys his son was missing on Tuesday.
The infant was last seen on the front porch of 748 Jay Street in Utica on May 29, around 11:30 p.m.
Police say Jevon waited two weeks before he contacted Utica Police through an attorney two weeks later, on Tuesday at 3:20 p.m.
Jevon Wameling is considered a "person of interest" in the disappearance, according to Chief Mark Williams. Williams says based on the information Jevon provided, investigators find it hard to believe any parent would wait when their child is missing, and not contact police right away.
Jevon told police he was locked out of the house, and when he went around the house to get inside, the baby was gone.
The missing child wasnâ??t brought to the attention of the police until after the grandparents confronted Jevon Wameling about the missing child.
Police say they are in the process of interviewing family and neighbors. Police say the child's mother, Amy, is cooperating with the investigation. Police say it appears she was undergoing drug rehabilitation in Albany at the time of the childâ??s disappearance.
Police continue to focus on the area around
Jay Street for the child. Canine units, the FBI, New York State Police and the Center for Missing and Exploited Children are also on the case.
Investigators have an urgent plea to neighbors in the area -- Be on the lookout for anything suspicious in your backyards. Police urge neighbors to check your sheds, or anything you may have on your property that could potentially hide something. If you see anything suspicious, or have any information that may help in the investigation, call Utica Police at 315-735-3301.
You may also call the Center for Exploited and Missing Children anytime at 1-800-THE-LOST.
The search will continue tomorrow. Though the weather has been less than ideal, police say the search canines have been remarkable, continuing to track through the rain.
Investigators are committed to searching until the baby is found.
Police say that because there was a two week delay in the reporting of the missing child, they donâ??t feel this case meets the criteria for an Amber Alert.
State officials issued an alert regarding the missing child, calling this a possible child abduction. The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services sent out the alert late Wednesday afternoon.
Police are seeking help from the public and are circulating a poster with the childâ??s photo on it.