Ashley White, 30, of Dublin Virginia, has been charged with murder, after her son’s lifeless body was found in the bottom of the home’s septic tank.
According toÂ Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, White and the boy’s father, Paul Thomas, had already been charged with two felony counts of child neglect relating to the boy and his infant sister earlier this year.
The young boy, Noah Terry Thomas, went missing on March 22 and was found dead four days later on the couple’s property. White claims that the day he went missing, she put cartoons on for theÂ childÂ while she and her infant daughter went to take a nap. She says that when she awoke approximately 2 hours later, her five-year old son was nowhere to be found.
According to Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor, the parents’Â story changed when White claimed that she left both children alone in the house while she took Thomas to work.
White is currently being held murder charges without bond. The father is also being held without bond, but no new charges have been placed against him.
The six-month old has since been removed from the home by social services.
The official cause of death of the boy has not yet been released, as autopsy results will take several weeks to complete. The results of these tests will be a critical part of the evidence that is mounting against the couple.