23 months in jail for mom of boy found dead in septic tank

PULASKI, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman whose 5-year-old son who was found dead in a septic tank will serve nearly two years behind bars for child abuse and neglect.

Media outlets report a judge sentenced 32-year-old Ashley White to one year and 11 months on three counts Tuesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Noah Thomas and his infant sister were left alone while White drove their father, 32-year-old Paul Thomas, to work in March 2015. White says Noah disappeared after she returned home and took a nap. The boy's body was found four days later in a septic tank near his Dublin home.

Paul Thomas was also found guilty of neglect and abuse of the couple's children in March. He completed his 15-month sentence and was released from custody in May.


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