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Julia Tomlin, mother charged with son's murder, ruled fit to stand trial in Hampton

Julia Tomlin appeared in circuit court via video for her mental examination. She was ruled fit to stand trial in the death of her 2-year-old son, Noah Tomlin.

HAMPTON, Va. — A Hampton woman charged in the death of her 2-year-old son has been ruled fit to stand trial.

Julia Tomlin appeared in Circuit Court via video on Wednesday morning for her mental examination.

The 35-year-old Tomlin faces charges of second-degree murder, concealing a dead body, child abuse, and three counts of felony child neglect in the death of her son, Noah Tomlin. 

Julia Tomlin reported Noah missing in June 2019, launching a 10-day search.

During her appearance Wednesday, Tomlin was wearing a mask and had her head down the entire time.

Earlier this year a grand jury in Hampton indicted Tomlin on six charges including second degree murder.

Commonwealth's Attorney Anton Bell told us last October that Tomlin's son Noah died from blunt force trauma and battered child syndrome.

13News Now spoke with one of Tomlin's former foster parents. She didn't want to be identified, but she is happy to know the case will move to trial.

“It’s a relief knowing Noah will finally get justice for his life,” she said. “I don’t believe in the death penalty but I do believe you have to be held accountable for your actions.”

The former foster parent believes there were warning signs. Last June, a Hampton city spokesperson told 13News Now by law they cannot confirm, deny or discuss any social services involvement with Noah. 

“I believe there were plenty of warning signs, that she was not mentally capable of taking care of her children, but the law works in the favor of the parents,” she said.

Tomlin's next court appearance is on July 16 to set a new trial date.

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