(Roanoke Police )
ROANOKE, Va. (CBS/AP) Police say missing toddler Aveion Lewis has been found dead in a Virginia landfill, and his stepfather's original story about a kidnapping has been found to be a hoax.
(Family Photo/The Roanoke Times)
Photo: Aveion Lewis.
Roanoke officials said in a press release Thursday that the medical examiner's office identified the boy as the 2-year-old who was reported missing last month by his stepfather.
The toddler's body was found Jan. 27 in the Smith Gap Landfill.
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 initially told police that three men invaded his home, knocked him unconscious and abducted the boy on Jan. 14, which prompted a statewide amber alert.
Police in Roanoke say Lockett admitted the boy was never kidnapped and that he had died some time before Lockett called 911 to report the fake abduction.
The child's mother has not been charged, but has been questioned.
It's not yet clear how Aveion Lewis died.
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