PULASKI, Va. (AP) — The mother of a Virginia boy who died in a septic tank is set to go on trial next year on abuse and neglect charges.
Online court records show 31-year-old Ashley White's jury trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 8 in Pulaski County Circuit Court. A judge set the trial date on Wednesday.
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. The boy's body was found in a septic tank near the family's home in Dublin on March 26. 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 Jan. 25.