Updated at 11:59 p.m. on June 17
Utica (WSYR-TV) – As neighbors, friends and family attended a candlelight vigil in honor of 9-month old Levon Wameling, his mother pleaded for the baby's safe return and questioned the story surrounding his disappearance.
“I know if it happened when I was there, I know I would be knocking down doors the minute that I found my baby out of a car seat,” Amy Warney said.
Jevon Wameling told police that his son couldn't sleep on the night of May 29th, so he took him for a walk around 11:30 p.m.
According to investigators, Wameling claimed that he got locked out of his house and left the baby alone on the front porch, wearing only a diaper, while he tried to get inside.
Two weeks later, an attorney for Wameling called police to report that the child is missing.
Amy Warney says she broke up with Jevon on May 9th, the last time she saw her son. She was in rehab when Levon was reported missing.
During a candlelight vigil on Monday, Warney's sister, Tiffany Smith, told the crowd she couldn't accept Wameling's explanation for waiting 14 days to call for help.
“He said that he was hoping and thinking that me or my mother had drove past the house and seen the baby outside and took him,” Smith said.
When asked if he tried contacting the family to check, Smith replied, “Never bothered.”
Chuck Warney, Levon's Grandfather claims Jevon told him he was, “messed up” when the incident happened.
"He said, 'Pop I didn't do nothing to that baby.' He said, 'Please listen to me.' I said, 'What happened then?' He said, ‘I don't know,’ Warney recalled. "He said, 'I come back downstairs and the baby was gone.’ He said, 'I got scared."
As dozens gathered in front of Jevon Wameling's home, he did not emerge to join the vigil.
“We just want to bring Levon home and we miss him and hope that maybe today, by doing this candle lighting, we will get answers today,” said Levon's Godmother Lizette Santos.
Emotions ranged from hope to fear and guilt.
“It was three days after I stopped watching him that he came up missing. If I hadn't went home, then maybe this wouldn't have happened," Anna Vinci, another Godmother said.
Levon’s mother holds onto hope as the search continues.
"If he is out there, someone is going to hand him over, I hope. You know, I have faith that we will find him,” she said.
The search for Levon and answers for his disappearance continue Tuesday morning.
Utica Police are asking people interested in volunteering in the search effort to call (315) 223-3510.