Trial begins for mom of 5-year-old found dead in septic tank

Noah Thomas’ body was found in a septic tank near his home. Courtesy of WSLS

PULASKI, VA (AP) – The mother of a Virginia boy who died in a septic tank is in court for trial on abuse and neglect charges.

The Pulaski County Circuit Court Clerk’s office says 31-year-old Ashley White’s trial started Monday. The jury trial is scheduled to take up to five days.

White and 32-year-old Paul Thomas are accused of leaving their 5-year-old son, Noah Thomas, and infant daughter, Abigail, home alone on March 22 of last year. The boy’s body was found in a septic tank near the family’s home in Dublin four days later. The medical examiner determined that the boy drowned and that hypothermia contributed to his death.

Thomas also is charged with felony child abuse and neglect. His one-day bench trial is set for March 9.

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