Updated: 11:50 p.m. on Thursday, June 13
Utica (WSYR-TV) – The mother of a missing 9-month-old boy issued an appeal to the public on Thursday to help find the child, while the police continue to search the neighborhood.
They say they have not made any arrests in connection to the case.
Police in Utica have spent two days looking for the child, who has been missing for two weeks.
Police say the mother, Amy Warney, had entered a rehabilitation facility shortly before the child was last seen.
Utica Police Chief Mark Williams was outspoken Thursday, saying the father's lack of action spoke louder than words.
"We have a problem with what he says, no question. When you think about it, here's a guy who waited two weeks to bring forth that his child is missing, and he brings it forward to his parents, and the reaction is, they don't come to the police, immediately they go to an attorney's office, and then they come to contact the police. I think actions speak louder than words, so I will let you come to your own conclusions," said Willams.
Levon Wameling has blonde hair and was last seen wearing only a diaper on May 29 at 11:30 p.m. on the front porch of 748 Jay St. in Utica. He is 2 feet tall and weighs 20 pounds.
Anyone who has any information that can help police find Levon, you are asked to call either Utica Police at (315) 223-3510 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST or 1-800-843-5678.
Police say the boy’s father, Jevon Wameling, contacted authorities about his missing son Tuesday, through an attorney. Police say he made the report at the urging of the child’s grandparents.
Jevon Wameling was questioned by police Tuesday night and said he left his son on the front porch because the door was locked. He told officers that after returning from the back of the house, the child was gone.
Utica Police Sgt. Steve Hauck said that police are questioning some of the information Wameling gave them, including the timeline of events.
"I don't see how anyone could have their child missing for two weeks and not reach out to police or not reach out to family, so I don't think there's any good reason for that, and I don't see how anyone could explain that away. So, that obviously makes us very concerned,” Hauck said.
Neighbors told NewsChannel 9 that they had talked to Wameling in the past two weeks and he did not mention his child was missing.