Father who threw baby into Mohawk River denied parole

A Utica man who admitted to putting his 9-month-old baby in a bag and throwing him in the Mohawk River in 2013 has been denied parole.

Posted: Feb 23, 2021 6:26 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2021 7:46 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – A Utica man who admitted to putting his 9-month-old baby in a bag and throwing him in the Mohawk River in 2013 has been denied parole.

Jevon Wameling was sentenced to seven-and-a-half to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the death of his infant son, Levon.

Initially, Wameling falsely reported Levon missing, allowing authorities to waste time searching for the baby for two months.

Wameling later pleaded guilty to manslaughter, claiming Levon fell off a couch, hit his head and died. He said he only disposed of the body in the river.

Levon's mother, Amy Warney, now living in Whitesboro spoke to News Channel 2 after receiving the news of Wameling's parole denial.

Warney says she is very happy Wameling's parole was denied.  She says she fell to her knees when she got the word Tuesday morning, "The past couple of weeks have been nothing but worrying.  I'm like, Oh my God is he going to come home, because if he did get granted parole he would've been home next month and I am definitely not ready for that at all. That was my worst fear.  That has always been my worst fear.  I'm not ready to face that man."

Warney says she wrote a letter to the parole board and told the board she deserves to know the truth of what happened, how her life has changed completely, and how she will never be able to forgive him.

She says she will always be urging the parole board to deny Wameling's parole, "I know ahead of time what I have to do, so I prepare myself, so I have a year to figure out what I'm going to say next. I wrote the parole hearing a letter and that's what I'm gonna do for next year, prepare myself."

Wameling’s next parole hearing is in November of 2022.

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