Levon  Tyrese Wameling
August 31, 2012 - September 6, 2013

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In June of 2013, Amy Warney made a desperate plea to the public to help find her missing son, Levon Wameling:

"If you know where he is, if he's a live or dead, please call Utica
Police so I can put him to rest"

Amy had been in rehab and Levon's father, Jevon Wameling was taking care of their son. Jevon had reported Levon missing two weeks prior to Amy's plea. Family members began asking about Levon when it became clear that he had not been seen by them, they wondered where he was. Jevon said that he had been outside in front of his home with Levon when he realized that he was locked out of the house and went around the back to see if he could get it, leaving Levon alone. When he returned to the front of the house, Jevon says he found his son was gone, that was on June 11, 2013.

A search took place around the area of the home with Canine units, State Police, FBI and the Center For Missing And Exploited Children all helped in the search. Family, friends and neighbors were interviewed and the search continued. Police had to step in and ask people not to search the are around the home Levon had gone missing from:

"There has been an ongoing Police search that will continue and
your presence may contaminate the area"

People were asked to check their own yards and areas around their own neighborhoods and were asked to contact Utica Police with any information they had.

What wasn't known at the time, was that Jevon waited two weeks before reporting his son missing, why would a parent do that? Of course it was because Levon wasn't really missing and Jevon knew EXACTLY what had happened to him and where he was. Levon had gone missing on May 29, 2013 and it was the last time he would be seen alive.

On September 6, 2013, the body of a baby boy was found in the Mohawk River. The baby was identified as Levon and the Medical Examiner found that Levon's skull was fractured though it was not clear if this is what had caused his death. Jevon immediately started saying that the skull fracture happened when Levon fell off of the couch. Jevon would eventually write a letter to the Utica Observer Dispatch saying that Levon had died in his sleep. Jevon admitted that he had put his sons body into a plastic tote, filled it with rocks and put it into the Mohawk River.

In November of 2013, District Attorney Scott McNamara said that they had reached a conclusion in the five month investigation into the homicide of Levon Tyrese Wameling. Levon Wameling had entered a plea of guilty to second degree manslaughter and to two other charges that were not related to the death of Levon, one count of burglary in the second degree and one count of conspiracy in the fourth degree. Burglary carries a five year prison sentence and conspiracy carries two to four years. For manslaughter, Jevon was facing ONLY seven and half to 15 years in prison since this would be his second felony.

In February of 2014, Oneida County Court Judge Barry Donalty was ready to sentence Jevon. Amy was in court and read a statement, through tears:

"Because of your actions, I no longer get to kiss, hold, hear or touch our son,
Levon Wemeling. Ever day is a struggle for me not to give up and because of
you, Jevon, my family is suffering. I will always remember that I have three
children, two of them are with me, one of them is an Angel"

Amy said that she will attend every parole hearing, calling herself Levon's voice, to help make sure Jevon doesn't get early release. Amy asked, but never received an answer, why Jevon had put Levon's body into the river if what happened had been an accident. Jevon was asked if he had anything to say and he replied "No".

Judge Donatly said that Jevon had wasted time and money and resources by not admitting to what had happened and by sending people on a search which turned out to be unnecessary since he knew all along where the child was. Jevon was reminded that he had played on the sympathies of people when he had written his letter to Observer Dispatch where he said he had not been truthful about the disappearance of his son and the lied, saying he died in his sleep. Judge Donalty said that his recommendation would be the Jevon serve every second of his sentence.

Judge Barry Donalty sentenced Jevon to seven and half to 15 years in prison, which was the maximum sentence for his conviction. Jevon will serve a concurrent sentence of nine years for the burglary and conspiracy charge. Judge Barry Donalty told Jevon that he must have a guilty conscience because had been honest in telling the Police what he had done to his sons body and where to find it:

"You didn't have the decency to tell the truth and because of that, you denied
Levon's mother the chance to give him a proper burial. No one knows what
could have become of Levon. He could have been a scientist, a teacher, or an
inventor, but you robbed him of that chance"
Judge Barry Donalty

Balloons were released by Amy, family and friends, on what would have been Levon's first birthday.




Levon Tyrese Wameling, age 1, of Utica, was carried home in the Arms of the Angels on September 6, 2013.

He was born in New Hartford, a son of Amy Warney, on August 31, 2012.

Surviving besides his mother, Amy, are one sister, Arianna, and one brother, Robert; his maternal grandparents, Roxanna Smith and Charles and Michelle Warney; two aunts, Tiffany Smith and MaryJo Gaeta; one uncle, Christopher Smith; and many other relatives and family friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of the Angels on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church, Columbia St., Utica.

The family will greet visitors at the conclusion of mass in church. Funeral arrangements by The Scala & Roefaro Funeral Home.

Published in The Observer-Dispatch on October 1, 2013

Obituary found here:  http://www.legacy.com/

Thank you to Jessie for sending me this story.

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