Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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FBI, Center for Missing & Exploited Children helping search for missing infant
By ANDREW DONOVAN

Levon Wameling
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police, along with other law enforcement agencies, are in their second day of searching for a missing infant last seen in East Utica.

Nine-month-old Levon Wameling was last seen on the doorstep of 748 Jay Street wearing a diaper, according to the child's father. The father, 27-year-old Jevon Wameling, did not report the missing child for two weeks, according to police.

Now two weeks behind in the search, law enforcement say their search is still focused in the City of Utica, simply because it makes sense to begin the search where the missing baby was last seen. Jay Street is the center of police attention with the search area stretching north of the neighborhood to Broad Street.

The search Thursday saw more involvement by New York State Police, US Marshals, the FBI and the addition of investigators from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based in Virginia. Search dog units are also being used.

Utica Police told NEWSChannel 2 that neighbors have been approaching officers while out searching to offer help.

Wameling is not currently being charged, but police say he is being questioned. Law enforcement officials said the father was confronted by the child's grandmother regarding the baby's disappearance. The grandparents then went directly to the Oneida County District Attorney's Office.

Police say the Levon's mother checked into rehab for drug use around the time of the disappearance.

Police say they will continue searching day and night until baby Levon is found.