If your child went missing, how long would you take to call authorities?
I saw this in The Stir, and I just can't fathom any parent not reporting that their child is missing right away. Can you?
by Jeanne Sager
Missing 9-month-old Levon Wameling has been gone for more than two weeks now. But cops in upstate New York are having a particularly tough time finding the missing baby. After all, it took two weeks before they even knew he was gone! So much for getting that necessary head start and "the first 48 hours are crucial," huh?
The Utica Police say Jevon Wameling was the last person to see his son way back on May 29, but he didn't come forward for two weeks ... when the baby's grandparents started asking questions. It was the grandparents who went to the prosecutor's office for help and kicked off the whole search for the missing child.
Obviously, something stinks here.
Little Levon's mother, Amy Warney, is despondent. She was in rehab when her baby boy disappeared. Now she's out and wants her child back.
Only it's been weeks and the baby's father isn't helping. Cops say he claims he was locked out of his house on May 29. Jevon allegedly said he left the child on the porch of his house, wearing only a diaper, and went around the back to get in. When he came back, little Levon was supposedly gone.
That might explain where he went, but nothing explains why a father would wait two weeks to report his child missing, why it took his own parents asking questions before he did anything.
Could Jevon have been involved?
Or maybe not.
Maybe it all went down as he said.
But it doesn't take much more than a lick of common sense to know that the police can only do so much with what they're given. They were denied two whole weeks of valuable time in this investigation, time that could have saved this baby's life.
Whether Jevon Wameling was involved in the disappearance of his son or not, it can't be ignored that he made this investigation harder. And for that alone he should be punished to the full extent of the law. This little boy needed him to act like a father, heck, to act like a human being, and he failed him!
That may be just as bad as actually causing the child to disappear in the first place.
What do you think should be done with the dad in this case?