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

ashleywhite-jpgPULASKI, 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.

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