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NOAH THOMAS: State of Virginia vs. Ashley White for child abuse after Noah found in septic tank

Discussion in 'Courtroom' started by daisy7, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. daisy7

    daisy7 Member Supreme


    The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Pulaski County Circuit Court. This hearing was originally scheduled for Monday.

    A judge ordered him to stay in jail without bond during his first hearing.

    He and Ashley White are accused of leaving their son and six-month-old daughter home alone in March. Noah was missing for several days until police found his body in the septic tank of the family's home.

    They originally said the children were with them as they took Paul Thomas to work.

    Noah's sister was deemed to have respiratory issues when she was removed from the home the day after Noah went missing.
  2. Trial_Gal

    Trial_Gal Well-Known Member

    I know some of the circumstances of the case, but will wait for final autopsy results. I still wonder how little Noah ended up in the septic tank. What a pitiful way to die, I hope and pray he was not alive when he went in there. imo

    RIP Noah :(
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  3. Cousin Dupree

    Cousin Dupree Platinum Member

    Just when I start to think that the world couldn't get any sicker. :gaah:
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  4. ~Lyric~

    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member

    So heartbreaking, I was just thinking about Noah last night and happy to see a thread started for him.
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  5. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Updated headline for above link.

    Wow! Some people should just NOT have children.


    Bond appeal denied for father of Noah Thomas

    A prosecutor said new medical testing revealed Noah Thomas' sister was born on drugs

    In court Wednesday, a prosecutor said new medical examinations revealed the daughter was born on drugs and has a condition called Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. The U. S. National Library of Medicine defines the condition as "a group of problems that occur in a newborn who was exposed to addictive opiate drugs while in the mother’s womb." The prosecutor also said Paul Thomas told a magistrate that he smoked marijuana regularly for 15 years including the time Noah was missing.

    read more ............... http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/new...oah-thomas-to-seek-bond-on-wednesday/32633726
  6. ~Lyric~

    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member

    Thomas' lawyer, Lindsay Honeycutt, said Wednesday that his representation of Thomas has been complicated by Thomas being held in isolation for long periods of time.

    "The fact is, I need to have better access to my client," Honeycutt said. "He is being held in isolation 23 hours a day."

    Honeycutt said it was "complicated case" and that he has 36 hours of recorded interviews to sift through with his client, which is difficult due to the limited access he has.


    Well darn! What about Noah? He ought to be glad that his client isn't in gen pop. He might not be able to ever talk to him, Just like Noah will NEVER be able to talk again.
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  7. daisy7

    daisy7 Member Supreme

    I'm really curious what tests they ran on a 6mo now to diagnose her with NAS? Don't all states run blood work on infants born in hospitals?

    Also, is PT in isolation just because it's a high profile case?
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  9. daisy7

    daisy7 Member Supreme

    The Sheriff said a few weeks ago that the autopsy was completed and they knew the COD, but are waiting on tox reports before announcing it.

    I have never seen LE act in any case I've followed like in this case. There are lots of questions about if/when the septic tank was first searched and why Noah wasn't found sooner.
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  10. daisy7

    daisy7 Member Supreme

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  11. Trial_Gal

    Trial_Gal Well-Known Member

    From what I have read it is unclear about the search of the septic tank or when it was searched. I know they haven't released any of the autopsy results yet, and are awaiting the tox results. I guess they will release more when they have that, maybe. At least now they feel they have enough to keep both parents in jail. imo
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  12. MadgeS

    MadgeS Bronze Member

    Hoping we hear autopsy results soon.
    Noah has the cutest grin on his face in the media pictures I've seen. Praying he gets justice.
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  13. Trial_Gal

    Trial_Gal Well-Known Member

    I am not sure about the high profile. I wonder if it because he is withdrawing or detoxing from his drugs? I get the impression both parents think they did nothing wrong by leaving the children home alone. imho
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  14. daisy7

    daisy7 Member Supreme

    In the days following the disappearance of Noah Thomas, a hotel room being used by his parents was damaged and police responded, according to information obtained by The Roanoke Times.

    Paul Thomas, 32, and Ashley White, 31, remain incarcerated on felony child neglect charges in relation to Noah’s death and the treatment of their infant daughter. They have each been denied bond twice in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

    Prior to their arrest, Thomas and White were staying at the Hampton Inn on Cleburne Boulevard in Dublin. However, once the couple checked out of the hotel, a hotel employee called to report property damage in the room where the couple stayed, according to information from interviews of several people involved with the case as well as a police incident report.

    The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call on April 2 — the same day Thomas and White were officially charged and arrested in relation to Noah’s death, according to the incident report.


    At the time that deputies were called to the hotel room, Thomas and White were paying for the room themselves with a debit card, according to the source. After they checked out, the damage to the room was charged to that debit card on file. No charges have been pressed related to the damage.

    The on-duty manager at the Hampton Inn would not comment regarding the incident, citing customer privacy.

    Fleenor said that the autopsy for 5-year-old Noah Thomas is still pending and a cause of death has yet to be determined.


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  15. chikaboom

    chikaboom Member

    This case breaks my heart. I can't imagine killing my own baby much less stuff him in the septic tank while we continued to use the toilet.

    That alone makes me very angry.
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  16. MadgeS

    MadgeS Bronze Member

    I don't believe the parents have been charged yet or have they? I'm out of the loop on this one.
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    chikaboom Member

  18. chikaboom

    chikaboom Member

    Actually, They have been charged. With abuse and neglect.
    And they are both incarcerated without bond. Actually bond was denied for both.
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  19. MadgeS

    MadgeS Bronze Member

  20. Jemma

    Jemma Active Member


    IF she was in a treatment plan (methadone treatment clinic or other maintenance program) at the time she became pregnant, or began treatment during the pregnancy, she, as long as she complied with the terms of her treatment or other safety plan in place, would have been able to take the baby home after birth. However, post partum follow up should have revealed that Baby A was still addicted to drugs.


    <snip>White and Thomas are charged with two counts each of felony child abuse and neglect in relation to Noah’s death, as well as the care of their infant daughter Abigail.

    BBM. In court on Wednesday, Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said that medical records show Abigail was born with neonatal abstinence syndrome, meaning she was born addicted to a narcotic or opiate. Fleenor also said she presently is still diagnosed with it.<snip>

    Since it has been reported that it was known that Baby A was born with drugs in her system, yet she still went home with the parents, I suspect Ashley was likely on a treatment plan during the pregnancy for her addiction, and the presence of drugs in the baby at birth was expected. It is a distinct possibility that Baby A had not been receiving proper newborn checkups/screenings, or else her current Neonatal Abstinance Syndrome diagnosis would have been known before now.

    The only way to still be currently diagnosed with this particular syndrome is through continued, repeated, regular exposure to the drug.

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