Remains of infant found in Mohawk River

By Melissa Sullivan

(WKTV) - Utica police said in a press conference Friday afternoon that the remains of an infant were found in a container in the Mohawk River. No positive identification has been made.

Police began a search off Leland Avenue in North Utica for missing baby Levon Wameling on Friday morning. A large contingent made up of Utica police, New York State Police and a member of the district attorney's office were part of the search along the Mohawk River. 

Seven state police divers also assisted and entered the water around 9 a.m. Friday. The remains were found a few hours later.

Utica police said they had  received credible information from New York State Police on a possible location in the Mohawk River.

New York State Police also announced they arrested the baby's father, Jevon T. Wameling, on Thursday on a charge of one count of burglary in the second degree in connection with an incident in Oriskany in August. He was sent to Oneida County Jail on a $10,000 cash bond.

The Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office will make a positive identification on the remains that were found.

Levon was last seen on May 29 wearing a diaper on the porch of the Jay Street apartment belonging to his father, Jevon Wameling. The baby was reported missing two weeks later.


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