Police have identified the body of a child discovered in a landfill as 2-year-old Aveion Lewis of Roanoke, Virginia. His stepfather has been arrested after police say he tried to cover up the child’s death by reporting that the boy had been kidnapped.
24-year-old Brandon Lockett is in police custody after telling them that three men rushed into his house, knocked him unconscious and took Aveion early last month. The boy’s disappearance sparked a statewide Amber Alert as people desperately searched for the toddler.
He has since admitted that the kidnapping was a hoax and is being charged with felony child neglect, improper disposal of a human body and obstruction of justice.
Police have yet to release a cause of death.