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Post by Piper on Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:16 pm

Amber Alert issued
Posted: Jan 15, 2010 7:50 AM EST




RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police has issued an Amber Alert for 2-year old Aveion Malik Lewis of Roanoke. Aveion was abducted from his home on King Charles Street by three men around 5pm on Thursday. He was last seen wearing yellow Sponge Bob Squarepants footie pajamas.

Aveion's stepfather was knocked unconscious before the child was taken. The abductors may be traveling in a white, 90's Chevy Blazer.
Suspects Description from Virgina State Police
ABDUCTOR 1:
-first name: Tony
-black male, 6 feet 02 inches, wearing black hoodie shirt, black Puffy fur collar jacket, black du rag
-dark complexion black male, stocky build, full beard, and in his late twenties
-had been hanging around the victim's residence even after stepfather told the individual to get away from their residence.
-unknown if armed

ABDUCTOR 2:
-black male, 5 feet 11 inches, dreadlocks hair, wearing red baseball cap
-light complexion black male, muscular upper body, in his late 20s
-was seen hanging around the victim's home after being told to leave

ABDUCTOR 3:
-black male, 5 feet 11 inches, wearing brown with white writing hat -light complexion black male with no facial hair
-23 or 24 years old and was seen hanging around the victim's home even after stepfather asked the three males to go away from the back of their residence.
-unknown if armed



Call 1-800-822-4453 if you have any information.


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Post by Piper on Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:25 pm

At least they know who they are looking for and have the vehicle description. I hope they don't harm this child. I wonder why they were so visibly hanging around the back of the residence?
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Post by Piper on Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:15 pm

Suspects were seen hanging around outside the victim's home even after stepfather asked the three males to go away from the back of their residence. Unknown if armed. A note was left requesting money. May be traveling in a 90's Blazer Chevy , White. unknown. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Roanoke Police Department at 1-540-853-2211 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453

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Post by Justice4all on Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:39 pm

I hope they find Aveion before these thugs harm him.
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Post by Piper on Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:17 am

Police seek 3 men in case of missing Roanoke boy
Aveion Lewis' stepfather said the men left a ransom note addressed to an acquaintance of his.
By Amanda Codispoti | The Roanoke Times

A path behind Jamestown Place goes over a stream and into the back parking lot of a Food Lion, where the suspects are said to have parked when they abducted Aveion Lewis, 2.

Roanoke police officers canvass the neighborhood of Jamestown Place on Friday, collecting information on the abduction of Aveion Lewis, 2.


A Roanoke police officer collects forensic evidence from the home of Aveion Lewis, who was reportedly abducted in the Jamestown Place neighborhood in Southeast Roanoke.
The kidnappers knocked the stepfather unconscious, bound and gagged a girl, ransacked the house and left a ransom note before taking the 2-year-old boy.

Thursday's reported violent abduction of Southeast Roanoke toddler Aveion M. Lewis received national media attention on Friday as police and FBI agents continued searching for him.

He was home with his stepfather, Brandon Lockett, and three siblings when a knock came from the back door of their duplex in Jamestown Place, Lockett said Friday.

As soon as Lockett opened the door, he was knocked unconscious, he said.

"All I felt was just a bam," he said. He said he didn't know what he was hit with.

Lockett, who had a cut on his lip and evident swelling on his face Friday morning, said he woke up in the living room just as his wife, Morgan Lockett, returned home.

They found their 4-year-old girl gagged and bound in a bedroom. Two other children, a 2-year-old girl and an 11-month-old boy, were not harmed.

Police were called about 6:40 p.m. and searched the neighborhood with K-9s. Virginia State Police brought in a helicopter that has an infrared camera to detect body heat.

On Friday, detectives knocked on doors in the area and showed residents pictures of the boy. Officers throughout the city handed out fliers. The FBI showed a photo of Aveion on electronic billboards across the state, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children sent information on the case to police departments within 100 miles of Roanoke.

Police had also set up a command center at its downtown headquarters, which will be open 24 hours to take tips and review information.

Police had not ruled out any possibility in the case as of Friday evening, said Aisha Johnson, the department's spokeswoman.

Brandon Lockett was able to give police a description of each suspect, because he said he'd seen them hanging around the duplex earlier in the day.

At one point, he asked them to leave, and one of the men said his name was Tony, and that he knew a friend of Lockett's.

Lockett said he believes the abductors were using his family to get to someone he knows because the ransom note, which asked for $10,000, was addressed to that person. Lockett declined to disclose the name on the note.

He said he is angry that the men involved his family in their dispute.

"We live a simple life," he said. "We don't bother nobody."

The Locketts' anger mixed with anguish as the couple waited at home Friday for news of Aveion.

"I just want my baby back," Morgan Lockett said.

She is particularly worried about her son's health because he was born premature and has digestive problems. As a result, he doesn't have a lot of fat on his body, and has to be kept warm or his body temperature drops quickly, the family said.

But the Locketts remain hopeful.

Aveion will be 3 on Jan. 26, and the family is still planning to celebrate his birthday at Chuck E. Cheese.

"He's going to come home," Brandon Lockett said.

Until he's found, the family said prayer is all that can help them.

"God's going to keep him safe," Lockett said.

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Post by Piper on Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:30 am

This baby has serious medical issues as a result of being born premature. Sad
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Parents keep close eye on children after abduction

Post by Justice4all on Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:55 pm

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Post by Julie on Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:24 am

I hope Aveion is ok. I pray for his safe return.

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Re: Aveion Malik Lewis -- Found Deceased 1/27/10

Post by FystyAngel on Sun Jan 17, 2010 12:59 am

I find it odd that the guy can identify three thugs but he said that when he opened the door, it was BAM. Did he SEE who hit him?

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After 150+ tips, still no sign of missing Roanoke toddler Aveion Lewis

Post by Justice4all on Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:43 pm

http://www2.wsls.com/sls/news/local/article/after_150_tips_still_no_sign_of_missing_roanoke_toddler_aveion_lewis/75412/

By Meagan Farley
WSLS 7pm Anchor

For the family of Aveion Lewis, the weekend brought minimal answers.

“The only thing we know for a fact right now is that my nephew is missing,“ said Chris Ward, Aveion’s Uncle.

Ward says he hasn’t heard a thing from the alleged kidnappers, who he says asked for $10,000 in a ransom note. “There hasn’t been any contact from anybody.“

As days pass, Ward says the situation is getting more dire for Aveion. “He needs to eat. He has health issues.“

The Roanoke Police Department says it is following up on more than 150 tips or leads it received throughout Virginia and outside of the state. Aveion’s family hopes the neighborhood opens up as much as possible.

“It is OK to give up what you know. They’re not worried about whose doing what in the neighborhood. They are worried about that little boy.“

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Re: Aveion Malik Lewis -- Found Deceased 1/27/10

Post by Piper on Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:59 am

His 3rd birthday is next Tuesday, the 26th. It's odd that a ransom note was left but still no contact from them for instructions. I hope he's brought home soon, safe and sound.
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Post by FystyAngel on Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:06 pm

According to LE, the step father has admitted that the boy is dead. This is breaking news on HLN's JVM. How sad. Still no word on finding his body.

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Post by Estee on Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:22 pm

How sad...Caylee has another cherub to keep her company
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Post by Piper on Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:29 pm

Oh god, I had a feeling he had told a tall tale.....but I was trying to believe him, I didn't want to say it out loud Sad
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Post by Justice4all on Tue Jan 19, 2010 9:57 pm

This is horrible. I don't understand why he admitted Aveion was dead, but won't tell police where his body is.

Here is a news report from ABC 13.

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Post by FystyAngel on Tue Jan 19, 2010 10:42 pm

I don't understand why a person would kill a child. If it was an accident, then why would they throw their tiny bodies out like trash, and just let them rot away to nothing? I'm sorry I'm so...vulgar (not sure the right word to use here). It's almost MORE horrifying to allow the poor thing to just rot away, than the killing itself.

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Stepfather charged in Aveion Lewis case; 2-year-old missing boy's body still sought

Post by Justice4all on Thu Jan 21, 2010 2:55 pm

http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/233714

Brandon Lockett, who has a history of violence, has been charged in the child's disappearance.

By Amanda Codispoti

UPDATED JAN. 21: Roanoke police have temporarily postponed the search for Aveion Lewis due to the winter weather. If you have any information about the case, call 853-2212.

As the search for Aveion Lewis' body continued Wednesday, Roanoke police charged his stepfather in the toddler's disappearance.

Brandon Lockett, 24, is charged with felony child neglect, improper disposal of a human body and obstruction of justice.

Other charges may be considered by the grand jury in February, Roanoke Commonwealth's Attorney Donald Caldwell said.

Lockett's criminal record tracks back to Georgia, where court records show that, among other convictions, he was found guilty in 2006 of striking the mother of his child with a candleholder.

The search for Aveion began last Thursday, when Lockett told police that three men knocked him unconscious and abducted his 2-year-old stepson from their Jamestown Place duplex in Southeast Roanoke.

Police questioned the validity of that information, and on Tuesday, Lockett told authorities that the child was dead even before he was reported missing.

Police have not released any information on how the boy may have died, and his body had not been found as of Wednesday night.

Neither Caldwell nor Roanoke police Capt. Curtis Davis would explain why Lockett has been charged with child neglect, or whether that led to the toddler's death, because of the ongoing investigation.

"The charges are appropriate for what we have developed at this time," Davis said.

Lockett has been cooperating in some aspects of the investigation but not others, Davis said.

Lockett has a criminal record in Georgia, where he is still on probation for possession of cocaine, according to court documents.

He also has a history of violence.

Court records from Bibb County, Ga., show that in 2006 Lockett was accused of striking Janet Balkcom, the mother of his infant, with a candleholder.

He pleaded guilty to the family violence simple battery charge and was sentenced to one year of probation, according to court records. He was also required to attend a family violence intervention program and pay a fine.

About a month later, Lockett forced his way into Balkcom's home and fought with a man, according to court records. Balkcom called police from a neighbor's house.

Officers noticed a large amount of blood on the floor, and that a table lamp was broken. The victim fled from the house and wasn't seen again.

Lockett pleaded guilty to family violence criminal trespassing in that case.

He served 60 days in jail and then returned to probation.

In two separate instances in Roanoke last year, Lockett was pulled over for speeding and for driving on a learner's permit without a licensed driver. Police also cited him both times for not having a child restraint in the car, according to court records.

Lockett is being held at the Roanoke City Jail without bond.

Meanwhile, the search for Aveion's body continued Wednesday with more than 60 volunteers.

Search teams, including those on horses and with cadaver dogs, were sent out to the banks of the Roanoke River, wooded areas near the boy's Jamestown Place duplex and to an industrial area.

Volunteer Jeanne Kauffmann and her black Labrador retriever, Lakota, searched the muddy and sometimes steep banks of the river with a Roanoke police detective and a police cadet.

They looked under tarps, and through trash that littered the area. Sometimes Kauffmann directed Lakota to sniff out spots that looked suspicious, or go through tractor trailers parked in an industrial area.

At one point, she pointed Lakota to a dirty pillow, but the dog didn't signal that anything was there.

Detective Rich Cooper, who was searching with Kauffmann, said the ongoing investigation has been frustrating for police.

"We just want to find him," he said.

Freezing rain is expected today, which could hamper search efforts.

Davis said police would continue following up on leads even in inclement weather.

"Until we find him, we're going to continue working this case as much as we possibly can," Davis said.

He believes that there are people who have information, or who could get information, that could lead police to Aveion's body. He urged them to call police at 853-2212.
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Toddler Aveion Lewis' dad speaks about losing his son

Post by Justice4all on Sat Jan 23, 2010 9:51 am

http://roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/234025

James Lewis took his son, Aveion, and daughter, Gabrielle, to family cookouts, and spent time with them at home. But that changed, Lewis said, when the children's mother began dating Brandon Lockett.

"It just seemed like she was shutting me out of my kids' lives," Lewis said Friday, the first time he's spoken publicly since Aveion's death.

Lewis, 23, also talked about his custody battles with Morgan Lockett and the Department of Social Services.

Social Services issued a statement Friday about Aveion's case. Social workers put him in foster care for 16 months after he was found to be severely underweight. He was returned to his home after the Locketts completed classes and other requirements, the news release said.

Police are still searching for the 2-year-old's body. The Locketts reported to police Jan. 14 that Aveion was abducted, but Brandon Lockett later told police that the toddler had died.

Police haven't said how Aveion might have died, but a search warrant said they are investigating the toddler's death as a homicide.

Brandon Lockett has been charged with felony child neglect, improper disposal of a human body and obstruction of justice.

Morgan Lockett has not been charged.

Aveion's case came to Social Services in May 2008, when the boy was 14 months old. The department got a report that Morgan Lockett was neglecting Aveion, and that he was severely underweight.

A search warrant filed this week in Roanoke City Circuit Court said Aveion weighed less than 9 pounds at that time.

Aveion was born with a medical problem that required surgery to remove part of his intestines, according to the warrant. As a result, he had a strict feeding schedule and needed medication.

Two days after Social Services was notified, Aveion was taken into protective custody so he could get the medical treatment he needed, the news release said.

Aveion remained in foster care until March. During that time, Social Services developed a plan for Aveion's mother and stepfather that was approved, and periodically reviewed, by the Roanoke Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

The plan included having Brandon Lockett attend an 18-week program on domestic violence alternatives, which he completed, the news release said.

He and Morgan Lockett also completed a parenting education class.

While in foster care, Aveion doubled in weight, according to the search warrant.

During that time, Lewis said he visited his son and tried to get custody of him.

"I was always worried about him," Lewis said.

In December 2008, Social Services allowed the Locketts to have extended visitations with Aveion at their home.

A clinical in-home therapist spent 20 to 30 hours per month observing the Locketts parenting, reinforcing and teaching good parenting practices, and watching Aveion's adjustment, the news release said.

In March, Aveion was returned home, but Social Services retained legal custody. The in-home therapy continued, and Aveion's social worker made scheduled and unscheduled visits to see that Aveion's medical needs were met.

In September, a judge awarded Morgan Lockett legal custody of Aveion on the recommendation of Social Services, the news release said.

Jane Conlin, director of Social Services in Roanoke, said Friday that the responsibility for what happened to Aveion does not rest with her department.

"The person who is responsible for this is not the social worker," she said. "I think we need to keep in mind that social workers aren't mind readers. We work with the best knowledge and information we have and within the law. Nobody can, with 100 percent accuracy, predict the behavior of another person."

Lewis, however, said he never trusted Brandon Lockett.

"The way Brandon was, it just seemed like he wanted to get to me," Lewis said.

The two would have confrontations during court hearings, and Lewis said that his children's mother's attitude toward him changed after she began dating Lockett.

That's when Lewis said he lost contact with his children.

He recalled several times that he tried to see them, such as on Aveion's first birthday, when he said Morgan Lockett wouldn't answer the door.

Lewis' mother, Briggitte Mason, also said she had to go to court to get visitation rights and, even then, found herself knocking on a door that wouldn't open.

"How many times can you get your heart broke?" Mason said.

Now Lewis, who works at Walmart and at the Roanoke Civic Center, wants custody of his daughter, who is about to turn 4.

She is currently staying with Morgan Lockett's mother, who is also looking after Brandon Lockett's two children, said Cara Ward, Morgan Lockett's sister.

Ward has been busy collecting donated items for the children because no one wants to go back to the Southeast Roanoke home where Aveion was last seen.

The Kirk Family YMCA, Total Action Against Poverty, Babies and Children Inc. and other businesses have donated toys, clothing and other items, Ward said.

She said her family has been touched by the community's support, and she praised Roanoke police for their dedication.

The support, and the family's faith, are keeping them going.

"We believe Aveion is in heaven," she said.
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Post by Justice4all on Sun Jan 24, 2010 11:11 am

Candle light vigil held for Aveion Lewis

Authorities are still searching for the body of a toddler who went missing more than a week ago, and they're now searching the Roanoke River.

The river is near the apartment complex where the toddler, two-year-old Aveion Lewis, lived.

Police say his stepfather, Brandon Lockett, made up a story about Aveion being kidnapped. The case has shifted from abduction to murder.

The community came together Saturday night to hold a candle light vigil in honor of Aveion Lewis.

Dozens of people stood in front of his house to say a prayer, light a candle and grieve. Aveion's uncles, aunts, friends, family and even people who never knew him came together.

Organized by extended family, many people were pleasantly surprised by the turn out. They say the family, who was in attendance, is grateful.

"Something like this [shows] the family that people do care and people aren't just sitting around," says the vigil's organizer Denitra Birkes.

"Everybody loves them, and everybody has their back, and it's just the support during a trying time like this," says another organizer Breana King.

Aveion's mother, Morgan Lockett, was so upset she had to leave. She and her other children are staying with family.

Its been over a week since two-year-old Aveion Lewis disappeared and his stepfather Brandon Lockett was taken into custody.

Aveion's uncle, Chris Ward, says Aveion's mother is staying with her family. She has not been charged.

Ward says he was never a fan of her sister's husband.

Social Services releases information to News7 on Aveion Lewis

"I didn't even come to the wedding... but I did try to welcome him into the family," says Ward.

As for his sister, Ward says he wants people to know she was not a bad person.

"My sister's not a monster and she definitely didn't play a role in her own son's death, if that's what people are thinking," says Ward. "It's like a bad dream right now for her."

Source: http://www.wdbj7.com/global/story.asp?s=11870551
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Post by Snaz on Tue Jan 26, 2010 4:58 pm

Police search Roanoke Co. landfill for missing toddler Aveion Lewis

By Mason Adams and Jordan Fifer | The Roanoke Times
January 26, 2010

On what would have been Aveion Lewis' third birthday, more than 20 people spent the day raking through trash at the Smith Gap landfill in an effort to find the infant's body.

Searches, including Roanoke police officers, detectives and officials from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, worked their way through piles of trash that had been delivered from the city to the landfill in Roanoke County, concentrating their search in trash from Roanoke city.

Roanoke Police Captain G.W. Staples said workers were about halfway through the pile that came to the regional landfill from Roanoke city. He said workers found scraps of trash with addresses indicating that portions of it came from streets around Jamestown Place in Southeast Roanoke, from which Aveion was first reported missing.

Morgan Lockett -- Aveion's mother -- and Brandon Lockett, his stepfather, reported to police Jan. 14 that Aveion was abducted, but Brandon Lockett later told police that the toddler had died.

Police haven't said how Aveion might have died, but a search warrant said they are investigating the toddler's death as a homicide.

Brandon Lockett has been charged with felony child neglect, improper disposal of a human body and obstruction of justice.

Morgan Lockett has not been charged.

Search teams continue to scour areas around the boy's King Charles Avenue home, including an industrial park and the Roanoke River.


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Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:18 pm

The body of little Aveion Lewis has been found in a Virginia landfill......... Sad

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Post by pi-girl on Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:24 pm

This is such sad news. not fair I will never understand why people do these things.

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Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:34 pm

Roanoke Police: Child’s body found in trash

WSLS News Staff
Published: January 27, 2010
Updated: January 27, 2010
By Megan Farley, in the field

At a news conference about the Aveion Lewis case, Roanoke Police said a small child’s body found by searchers in trash, but it has not been officially ruled as Aveion Lewis.

Investigators tell us the body was found around 12:30 p.m. today at the Smith Gap Landfill in Roanoke County. The body was found in trash collected near and around the Jamestown Apartments, where Aveion’s family lives.

The child’s body has been taken to the Roanoke Medical Examiner’s office to be positively identified.

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4:48 p.m.

Court records show Brandon Lockett, the step-father of Aveion Lewis, has been charged with murder.

The charge’s filing date is listed at January 25th (Monday), and the offense date is listed as January 14, 2010.

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3:41 p.m.

Roanoke City Police have called a news conference for 5 p.m. to discuss the Aveion Lewis case.

The police department is not allowing reporters to show the news conference live. WSLS will have a crew inside to bring you what is said.

Officers have been searching Smith Gap Landfill again today, following Tuesday’s restart of the search in Roanoke County. The landfill had identified trash brought in from Roanoke when Aveion Lewis disappeared, and had set it aside for investigators to search.


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Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:39 pm

Small boy's body found in Roanoke Co. landfill; Police haven't identified as Aveion Lewis

The Roanoke Times
UPDATED: 5:08 p.m. | POSTED: 3:44 p.m.
January 27, 2010

Roanoke police chief Joe Gaskins said today that searchers found the body of a small boy in the Smith Gap Regional Landfill in Western Roanoke County today at 12:30 p.m.

Police looking for missing Roanoke toddler Aveion Lewis had isolated trash originating from the 2100 block of King Charles Avenue in Roanoke, the 2-year-old lived with his mother and stepfather, Morgan and Brandon Lockett. Teams of searchers found the body in the isolated trash.

The medical examiner's office in Roanoke will identify the body and determine a cause of death. Police did not release details about the age or race of the child found. They also would not say how they believe the child died.

Brandon Lockett was charged last week with improper disposal of a human body, felony child neglect and obstruction of justice. No one has been charged with Aveion Lewis' death, but a search warrant indicates that police are investigating the death as a homicide.

UPDATED: 3:44 p.m.
Roanoke police have scheduled a 5 p.m. press conference today about their investigation into the death of Aveion Lewis.

Authorities spent Tuesday, which would have been the toddler's third birthday, searching for any sign of Lewis at a Roanoke County landfill.

Brandon Lockett, Aveion's stepfather, and Morgan Lockett, his mother, reported to police Jan. 14 that Aveion was abducted. Police said Brandon Lockett later told them that the toddler had died.

Brandon Lockett was charged with felony child neglect, improper disposal of a human body and obstruction of justice. Police haven't said how Aveion might have died, but a search warrant said they are investigating the toddler's death as a homicide.


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Post by Justice4all on Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:57 pm

This is very sad. I will never understand how people can murder children. My prayers go out to Aveion's family.


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Post by Snaz on Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:06 pm

What a precious little boy...... how sad he had Brandon Lockett come into his life.....

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Post by Piper on Wed Jan 27, 2010 11:41 pm

This is just heartbreaking, to say the least. I'm aware of the feeding issues with babies such as Aveion. And I say damn his own mother to hell. Brandon Lockett, there's a special place in Hell for you as well. So many sick children fight for their lives everyday with these issues. Little Aveion, rest in peace sweet child. I'm so sorry you suffered at the hands of the ones that were supposed to protect and love you.



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Post by Dis on Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:46 am

He was a precious little boy Snaz... Sad

There was a beautiful light in his eyes....so full of love for life even after he had suffered from dehydration and malnurishment....how very sad....rest in Peace Baby.
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Post by Snaz on Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:57 pm

Warrant says child's body wrapped, taped
Police seized duct tape and other items Friday from the home of Aveion Lewis' stepfather.

By Mike Gangloff
January 30, 2010



Remains found at a Roanoke County landfill are believed to be Aveion Lewis, but have not been identified.


When the body thought to be that of 2-year-old Aveion Lewis was found in a regional landfill, he was wrapped in packaging and tape, a search warrant filed in Roanoke Circuit Court on Friday said.

Reported missing from his Roanoke home on Jan. 14, the toddler was the subject of an intense search -- first for the kidnappers who his stepfather claimed had taken him, later for his remains after investigators determined the abduction story was false and that he had been killed.

Aveion's stepfather, Brandon Lockett, was charged last week with felony child neglect, obstruction of justice and improper disposal of a body.

Remains that are believed to be Aveion's were found Wednesday in the Smith Gap Regional Landfill in Roanoke County. Authorities had begun searching there after determining that garbage containers from around Aveion's home in the 2100 block of King Charles Avenue Southeast were emptied Jan. 14 and their contents taken to the city's trash transfer station, then moved by rail to Smith Gap.

In a search warrant filed Friday, police said searchers found a child's body "inside of packaging that was bound with an adhesive binding."

The warrant said police planned to search the home Aveion shared with Lockett and Aveion's mother, Morgan Lockett.

Morgan Lockett has not been charged in the case.

Specifically, police were seeking "all packaging items. All identification items, receipts, bar codes, and applications for membership. Any adhesive tape. All documents pertaining to Aveion Lewis."

The search warrant return, filed later Friday afternoon, said police collected 17 pieces of duct tape, plastic grocery store shopping bags and a mop. Officers took swabs from a training toilet, toddler bed and stains under the toddler bed and on a bedroom closet door. And officers seized a variety of paperwork, including immunization records on Aveion's siblings, and a prescription bottle for Aveion's medication that had been filled in 2008.

Though identification of the body found at the landfill has not been confirmed, Aveion's relatives scheduled a memorial service for Sunday at St. Matthew Word of Life Fellowship Church in Northwest Roanoke. The service is planned for 5 p.m. at 1422 Abbott St. N.W.


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Post by Snaz on Sat Jan 30, 2010 5:58 pm

Does this story have the slightest ring of familiarity to anyone? Disgusting!!

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Post by Justice4all on Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:16 pm

This reminds me of Somer and Caylee's stories. It makes me sick.
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Post by Piper on Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:15 pm

Sickening, just sickening....... Sad
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Post by Guest on Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:50 pm

i am glad that LE didn't wait so long to check the landfill - and wish that this would be standard operating procedure when a child goes missing. It worked in this case and in Somer Thompsons case - they were found relatively quickly, thus preserving crucial evidence. It reminds me of Haleigh Cummings, and even more recently Gabriel Johnson - who I believe were not searched for in the landfills at all, or soon enough...

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Post by Justice4all on Thu Feb 04, 2010 2:51 pm

Child's body identified as Aveion Lewis

The medical examiner's office confirmed Wednesday that the body found Jan. 27 in the Smith Gap Regional Landfill in Roanoke County was that of missing toddler Aveion Malik Lewis, police said.

The news officially ends the uncertainty that began Jan. 17 when Aveion was reported missing from his family's duplex in Southeast Roanoke.

His stepfather, Brandon Lockett, later told police that Aveion was dead before he reported that the toddler had been abducted. Lockett, 24, was charged with felony child neglect, improper disposal of a body and obstruction of justice.

Police have said that Lockett has given them varying accounts of what happened the night Aveion was reported missing. This week, they announced that they were investigating an e-mail account linked to Lockett to confirm who may have been involved in the toddler's death.

Aveion's family has scheduled a memorial service for 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Word of Life Fellowship Church at 1422 Abbott St. N.W. in Roanoke.

A funeral has not been scheduled pending the medical examiner's office release of Aveion's body, said Wendy Bishop of Valley Funeral Home and Cremation Services, which is handling arrangements.

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Post by Justice4all on Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:03 pm

Mother and stepfather of Aveion Lewis charged with murder

The mother and stepfather of a two-year-old Roanoke boy have now been charged with his murder.

Morgan and Brandon Lockett were indicted Monday by a grand jury.

Two-year-old Aveion Lewis dissappeared in January.

His body was found about two weeks later in a landfill.

Brandon Lockett has been in custody on child neglect and obstruction of justice charges.

Aveion's mother, Morgan turned herself in at the Roanoke Police Department Monday and was taken to the Roanoke City Jail.

They both face murder, child neglect and cruelty charges.

We'll have more on tonight on News-7 at Six.


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Post by Julie on Tue Mar 02, 2010 12:46 am

This poor little boy. Rest in Peace Aveion.

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Post by Piper on Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:56 am

Another innocent, helpless child murdered. All of their lying and deceit at the beginning of his "disappearance" is sickening. A child's lifeless body neatly packaged, taped and thrown out like yesterday's trash. At least both of them are charged with murder.
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Post by Estee on Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:01 am

Piper...Say your scenario isn't so....That is so sad...Thrown away like yesterday's garbage...They deserved to be locked up and the key thrown away....
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Post by Piper on Tue Mar 02, 2010 9:37 am

Sadly so, Estee: (clipped from article above)

"In a search warrant filed Friday, police said searchers found a child's body "inside of packaging that was bound with an adhesive binding."
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Post by FystyAngel on Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:13 pm

I think this is a beautiful photo of the little guy. I hope no one minds that I posted it (large).



Aveion Malik Lewis’s Mom and Stepdad Face Murder Charges
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On January 14, 2010 a report came in about little two year old Aveion Malik Lewis being kidnapped. His stepdad, Brandon Lockett told police that three men broke into his home and knocked him out and took Aveion after tying up his 4 year old sister. He said they left a ransom note demanding $10,000. He even went as far as telling the police that the men took off in a white 1990 Chevy Blazer.

Even though an Amber Alert was issued for little Aveion, police were very skeptical of Brandon Lockett’s story about the baby being kidnapped especially since his mother, Morgan Lockett or Brandon were not very helpful in the investigation. Police Chief Joe Gaskins said, “We had some reservations about the stories that were being told, but considering the child, we couldn’t afford to assume that an abduction had not occurred so we certainly had to work it from the angle that there had been an abduction.”

Eventually Brandon Lockett confessed that the baby was actually dead before he called the police and he just made up the kidnapping story. Lockett was arrested and charged with child neglect, improper disposal of a human body and obstruction of justice but at that time no murder charges had been filed against him.

After a search in landfill’s for the child’s body, the police reported that a body had been found bound and wrapped in plastic at the Smith Gap Landfill on Jan. 27 and they believed it to be that of Aveion Lewis.

Now a grand jury has handed down indictments against Brandon and Morgan Lockett who according to her sister is pregnant now, for murder. It is said that this innocent baby was killed after being abused and neglected by his mother and stepdad for most of his short life. They say Morgan Lockett caused or allowed the baby to be tortured, tormented, mutilated, beaten or cruelly treated and she failed to provide care for his health since January 27, 2007, which is the day after he would have turned three years old, and she is being charged with that and Brandon is charged with the same thing beginning June 1, 2007.

According to Roanoke Commonwealth’s Attorney Donald Caldwell the evidence they have will show that both parents were aware of the abuse even though they will not release a cause of death.

Morgan’s sister, Cara Ward defends her sister’s part in this though, saying, “My sister’s only crime is marrying a deadbeat.” She says if there was any abuse going on her sister didn’t know anything about it.

Little Aveion was born with a medical condition that required him to have to have surgery. They had to remove part of his intestines. By the time he was 14 months old it was reported to Social Services that he was underweight and was being neglected by his mother. After investigating they found the boy only weighed just less than 9 lbs. They removed him from his home in May of 2008 and put him in foster care where he started gaining weight but for some reason they saw fit to return him to the care of his mother where he had been for the four months prior to him being reported missing.

The Lockett’s could face up to 55 years in prison if they are convicted on the murder, abuse and neglect charges. Personally if they are guilty of these charges, I don’t think 55 years each is long enough and they certainly should not be allowed around children anymore, even their own.

This innocent child looked like he was such a sweet little baby. How anyone can hurt a child, I will never understand. There are too many folks out there that can’t have children of their own that would love to have the chance to be parents even to adopted children. If you don’t want them, at least find them a good home to go to instead. Killing them is not the answer. They didn’t ask to be born but they do deserve a chance to a life just as much as any of us do.

Please if you know of any child being abused, report it to the authorities as many times as it takes to save that child’s life. That child may grow up one day and come to you and thank you for saving its life. God bless all the children. Bless their little innocent hearts.

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Post by Piper on Wed Mar 03, 2010 9:42 am

This is so terribly sad. He was a sickly child to begin with, with special needs. His "mother" wouldn't even cover his basic needs. "Tortured, tormented, mutilated"....there is no Hell hot enough for these two.
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Post by Julie on Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:05 am

Little Aveion was born with a medical condition that required him to have to have surgery. They had to remove part of his intestines. By the time he was 14 months old it was reported to Social Services that he was underweight and was being neglected by his mother. After investigating they found the boy only weighed just less than 9 lbs. They removed him from his home in May of 2008 and put him in foster care where he started gaining weight but for some reason they saw fit to return him to the care of his mother where he had been for the four months prior to him being reported missing.
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Why, why, why do they put these children back into the homes they were removed from?!!!

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Post by Snaz on Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:47 am

Julie wrote:Little Aveion was born with a medical condition that required him to have to have surgery. They had to remove part of his intestines. By the time he was 14 months old it was reported to Social Services that he was underweight and was being neglected by his mother. After investigating they found the boy only weighed just less than 9 lbs. They removed him from his home in May of 2008 and put him in foster care where he started gaining weight but for some reason they saw fit to return him to the care of his mother where he had been for the four months prior to him being reported missing.
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Why, why, why do they put these children back into the homes they were removed from?!!!

That's partially how the system fails our children. It's broken, and desperately needs to be fixed.... along with the punishment for sex offenders....

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Post by Julie on Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:52 am

Snaz - I agree with you 150%! Our system is decades behind. It really needs updating.

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Post by Justice4all on Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:50 pm

Prosecutors: Aveion Lewis had untreated broken arm, severe burns, severe starvation

By Scott Leamon | WSLS10 Reporter
Published: March 11, 2010

ROANOKE - Before his death in January, 3-year-old Aveion Lewis had a broken arm, severe burns, and was showing signs of severe starvation, according to new information just released from prosecutors in the case.

Aveion’s mother, Morgan Lockett, and step-father, Brandon Lockett, are each charged with second degree murder and two other crimes in relation to the child’s death.

The new information came out during Morgan Lockett’s bond hearing this morning in Roanoke City circuit court.

Lockett told the judge she was pregnant, with the baby due on May 26th.

The judge denied Lockett’s request for bond, primarily because she requested to live with her mother, whom has custody of her three remaining children, ages 4, 2, and the youngest celebrating a first birthday tomorrow.

We’ll have much more on this story tonight on WSLS 10 On Your Side at 6 p.m.


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Post by Piper on Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:14 pm

Morgan Lockett should never see the light of day. No matter where she would live if they let her out on bond. And, bringing another child into the world when so many couples would give anything to have just one baby to love and cherish. Reminds me of Antoniette Davis, Shaniya's POS mother. These babies mean nothing to these women, it just infuritates me! Poor little Aveion, the pain and cruelty he had to endure in his short little life.
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Post by Justice4all on Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:28 pm

Mother of Aveion Lewis Denied Bond

03/11/10 12:09 pm
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Roanoke, VA - A Roanoke judge has decided Morgan Lockett, the mother of 2-year-old Aveion Lewis, will stay in jail.

She's charged with murder and two counts of child neglect.

On Thursday morning, the judge denied her request to be released on bond.

Aveion's stepfather Brandon Lockett was indicted on the same charges.

You may recall, he had first told police the child was abducted, before later admitting he made it up.


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Post by Justice4all on Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:31 pm

Aveion Lewis lost weight in care of parents, says prosecutor

Aveion Lewis' weight tripled during a stay in foster care. But he died thin and emaciated, with untreated injuries.

By Mike Gangloff and Amanda Codispoti
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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

There was a time in Aveion Lewis' short life when he was a healthy, normal-sized boy.

That was when he was 26 months old. He'd been taken from his mother and stepfather and gained more than 20 pounds in the 11 months he lived with a foster family.

"He was returned a happy, pudgy little boy," Roanoke Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Sandra Workman said in an interview.

Aveion's pudgy period didn't last. In the four months between when Aveion's mom and stepdad regained custody and when the toddler's body was found in a Roanoke County landfill in January, he shed weight dramatically, said Workman, who will prosecute the parents on charges of second-degree murder, neglect and cruelty. Aveion was emaciated, she said, weighing far less than the 30 pounds to 40 pounds he weighed upon leaving foster care on March 31, 2009.

Aveion would have turned 3 on Jan. 26, the day before his body, wrapped in plastic and tape, was found in the landfill. His stepfather, Brandon R'eal Lockett, 24, had told police 13 days earlier that masked men had kidnapped the boy. His mother, Morgan Elizabeth Ward Lockett, 23, said she was at work at the time.

Authorities haven't said what killed Aveion. During a court hearing last week in which a judge ordered Morgan Lockett to remain jailed pending trial, Workman said the toddler was gaunt and suffered a broken arm that went untreated in his final four to six weeks.

Workman added details in an interview Friday. Aveion, who was born prematurely, weighed 9 pounds at the age of 14 months, when he was put into foster care. His weight doubled during his first six weeks with a foster family, according to a search warrant filed in January. He plumped up to a normal weight of more than 30 pounds during the 11 months he spent away from his mother and stepfather, Workman said.

Amy Goff, owner of Copper Hill Child Care in Floyd County, said Aveion was a frequent visitor during his time in foster care and celebrated his second birthday with other children there.

"He was a very happy child. He never met a stranger," Goff said.

After a few months, Aveion became well known around Copper Hill, Goff said -- both because of his outgoing personality and as one of the few black children in the area.

"He loved the attention," Goff said.

More than a dozen posts on a Web site memorial set up by his foster parents echo Goff's comments. Many remarked about Aveion's laugh and smile. One recalled his lip-smacking love for raisins. One noted his weight gain and said "he was so easy to love."

Aveion had his appendix removed soon after birth and recovered fully, Workman said. He needed medication after the operation, but didn't have continuing health problems, Workman said.

"He was, while fragile, not quite as medically high-maintenance as he's been made out to be," Workman said.

While Aveion was in foster care, Roanoke Social Services required the Locketts to take a parenting class. Social workers instructed Brandon Lockett, who had prior convictions in Georgia for striking a woman and for breaking into her house to attack a man, to take a class on alternatives to domestic violence. After December 2008, when the Locketts were permitted visits with Aveion in their home, a social worker spent 20 to 30 hours per month working with the parents, according to a social services statement in January.

By March 2009, when Aveion came back to live with the Locketts under social worker supervision, the boy weighed between 30 and 40 pounds, normal for his age, Workman said.

He lost a little of that weight before September 2009, but not enough to alarm social workers, Workman said. On Sept. 19, a judge accepted social services' recommendation to fully restore custody of Aveion to the Locketts.

Exactly how much weight Aveion lost in his last months of life hasn't been made public.

In addition to the broken arm, Aveion had been burned on the legs by a heater sometime during his final weeks, according to a search warrant filed earlier in the case. He wasn't treated for the burns.

Morgan Lockett's court-appointed attorney, Art Strickland of Roanoke, said that from what he knew, the first his client heard about Aveion having a broken arm was Workman's statement last week in court. Morgan Lockett spent her days working as an assistant at Hurt Park Elementary School, Strickland said, while Brandon Lockett was at home caring for Aveion and the couple's three other children.

Brandon Lockett's attorney, Rachel Jackson of the city public defender's office, said her agency's policy prohibits her from commenting on the case.

The Locketts' three other children are staying with Morgan Lockett's mother, said Cara Ward, Morgan Lockett's sister.

"The kids are safe now, and they're good and they're happy and laughing," Ward said this week.

News researcher Belinda Harris contributed to this report.


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Post by Justice4all on Mon Mar 29, 2010 3:00 pm

Roanoke Police department to be honored after search for Aveion Lewis

By Dawn Jefferies | WSLS10 Anchor
Published: March 29, 2010

ROANOKE - It’s an image police and an entire community won’t forget. “If Aveion was brought to landfill we will find it,“ said Roanoke Police Captain Greg Staples.

Four train car loads of trash, 25 people going through it with garden rakes looking for the body of a little boy on the day he would have turned three. “It’s very emotional to think today of all days Aveion would have turned three that we are searching a landfill for someone who should be enjoying birthday cake with their friends,“ Staples said.

Roanoke detectives Holly Willoughby and April McCadden had a feeling something wasn’t right when they answered the call Aveion Lewis was abducted. “I had a feeling it was going to be something that needed additional manpower,“ Willoughby remembered.

Her feeling was right. Police say Aveion’s step-father told them three men beat him up and took the little boy. But, it was a lie. Aveion was dead before the 911 call was ever made. It was heartbreak for the people hoping he’d be found alive.

“It was difficult. It was very difficult,“ she said. “I guess it was searching for him… I always felt like we were going to find him.“

But there was also relief. “I think the finding of Aveion was a relief to a lot of people in the community because we could put him to rest,“ said McCadden.

Willoughby agreed. “That was very difficult. As a mother you can’t imagine how somebody could think so little of a child as to throw it in the garbage,“ she said.

The image is far from complete. Investigators now have to follow the two people charged in Aveion’s case head to court.

The Roanoke Police Department will be honored at our Celebration of Heroes breakfast March 31st.


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Re: Aveion Malik Lewis -- Found Deceased 1/27/10

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