Father who threw baby’s body in river denied parole

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UTICA — A Utica man who sank his baby’s dead body in the Mohawk River in 2013 was denied parole earlier this month after serving the first seven years of his sentence.

Jevon Wameling, now 35, appeared before the Board of Parole on Feb. 9 and was denied release, according to the state Department of Corrections.

His next parole hearing is scheduled for November 2022. Wameling is currently being held in the Mohawk Correctional Facility in Rome.

Authorities said 9-month-old Levon Wameling died in late May 2013 and his father, Jevon Wameling, put the body in a bag and weighed it down in the Mohawk River with rocks.

Two weeks passed before the infant was reported missing, authorities said, kicking off a summer-long search by law enforcement.

The child’s body was eventually found in early September 2013, the law enforcers reported.

Jevon Wameling later pleaded guilty to second-degree
manslaughter and he was sentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years in state prison.

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