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Stepfather charged; police still searching for 2-year-old boy's body

January 21st, 2010 12:00 am by Staff Report

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

The Roanoke Times is reporting that Brandon Lockett, 24, has been 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.

Read the full report at the Roanoke Times Web site.

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