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Authorities search Va. landfill for missing toddler

Authorities are searching the Smith Gap landfill for the body of a missing Roanoke toddler.

The Roanoke Police Department says the landfill search resumed Tuesday after it was suspended for two days because of bad weather. A search of the Roanoke River will resume when the water level drops.

Tuesday would have been Aveion Mark Lewis' third birthday.

The boy's stepfather, 24-year-old Brandon Lockett, has been charged with felony child neglect, improper disposal of a human body and obstruction of justice.

Lockett told authorities that three men abducted the boy from the family's home on Jan. 14. Police say there was no abduction and they believe the child was dead before authorities received a 911 call.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 26, 2010; 11:55 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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