Last July, I first wrote about 2-year-old Noah Tomlin, whose mother, then 34-year-old Julia Tomlin reported him missing from the family’s mobile home in Hampton, Virginia on Monday, June 24, 2019.
I also covered Noah on episode 10 of Suffer the Little Children Podcast.
Since my initial blog article on July 2, 2019, many developments have taken place in the story. As a quick recap, I’ll do a quick timeline below.
- June 24, 2019: At around 11:35 AM, Julia Tomlin reported her two-year-old son, Noah, missing, saying she put him to bed around 1:00 AM in a green and white striped pajama shirt and a diaper but that he was no longer in the home when she finally checked on him at 11:15 AM. Hampton Police, under the leadership of Chief Terry Sult, launched a massive, multi-day search via ground, air, and water.
- Friday, June 28, 2019: Julia Tomlin was arrested and charged in her son’s disappearance. Police announced they believed Noah to be dead and intensified their search for his body, entering a 24-hour operation phase focused on the city landfill.
- Monday, July 1, 2019: Julia was arraigned on three counts of felony child neglect. Julia had previously spent time in prison on a conviction for felony child neglect relating to another of her ten children (!!).
- Wednesday, July 3, 2019: Noah’s partial remains were discovered at the city landfill and steam plant.
- Saturday, July 13, 2019: The Virginia Department of Forensic Science and the medical examiner’s office confirmed that the remains found were those of Noah Tomlin.
- Thursday, October 31, 2019: The results of Noah’s autopsy were released, bringing with them several disturbing revelations.The medical examiner had to be assisted by an anthropologist due to the advanced decomposition of Noah’s remains and was initially only able to examine individual parts of Noah’s body due to the condition in which he was found.
- The only recognizable parts of Noah’s body were his liver and his severely bruised left leg.
- Only DNA analysis allowed authorities to identify Noah.
- The anthropologist was able to reconstruct Noah’s skeleton, allowing the medical examiner to detect older injuries.
- Noah’s death was caused by two skull fractures, which were as severe as those incurred by a child falling from a multiple-story building.
- Noah’s remains indicated signs of blunt force trauma and battered child syndrome, including, according to Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton Bell, “the types of injuries that you would find that would literally stop the growth of bones… due to either some severe disease, such as cancer, or some type of abuse — or even malnutrition.”
- Some of the injuries had begun healing, indicating the abuse began prior to the infliction of the fatal skull fractures. These included fractures to Noah’s jaw and hip, three posterior rib fractures, and hairline fractures in the tibia and radius, as well as bruising to his ribs.
Monday, November 4, 2019: Julia Tomlin was arraigned on charges of murder and unlawful disposal of a dead body. By then, she had told police that Noah hit his head while taking a bath by himself and drowned in the tub.
- Monday, December 9, 2019: A preliminary hearing was held for all five of Julia’s charges. 14 witnesses were called to testify to allow the court to determine whether the case would be seen by a grand jury. Due to the testimony presented, the judge ruled there was sufficient evidence to send the case to the grand jury.
- Monday, January 6, 2020: Julia Leanna Tomlin was indicted by a Hampton Circuit Court grand jury on six charges, including a newly leveraged count of child abuse involving Noah.
- Friday, January 10, 2020: Julia’s trial was initially scheduled to take place from March 9 through 13.
- Monday, March 9, 2020 – Julia, who had previously been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, and her public defender, Althea Mease, requested Julia undergo a competency evaluation; prosecutors did not object, and the request was granted.
That brings us to the most recent update on the case. On July 8, Julia appeared in court via video, where the judge ruled she was competent to stand trial. One small victory for Noah!
The judge also scheduled Julia’s jury trial for April 16 through 21, 2021.
Julia’s next court date is a bond review hearing on July 21. Cross every finger, toe, and appendage you have that this nightmare woman isn’t granted bond, because I’m one thousand percent positive that if she is released from jail, she will either go on the run or immediately die of a drug overdose, whether intentional or not, and Noah deserves better than that.
Noah deserves justice.
Click here for my ongoing coverage of Noah’s case.