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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. walkie-talkie

    walkie-talkie Can you hear me now?

    I think it's it for her until her sentencing in May.
    The boyfriend's trial begins next month. Maybe there's evidence to him replacing the cover?
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  2. walkie-talkie

    walkie-talkie Can you hear me now?

    Septic tank lid remains unanswered question in Noah Thomas case

    PULASKI — The black, two-pound piece of plastic was supposed to safely cover the opening to the septic tank where Noah Thomas’ body was found last year.

    Instead, it has prompted a key question still looming over the case after the lid was reportedly found closed with Noah’s body inside, according to testimony.

    Did the 5-year-old somehow close it as he fell in? Or, did someone else put the lid on the tank after Noah drowned?

    The child was found in the tank four days after he was reported missing in March, just 10 feet from his home where he was last seen alive. His cause of death was drowning, according to a medical examiner’s report.

    More than a dozen witnesses took the stand last week before Noah’s mother, Ashley White, was found guilty of neglect and abuse in relation to his death and the care of his infant sister. No witness offered any kind of explanation for how the lid was found closed with the boy inside.

    The only theory offered during the trial revolved around Noah falling into the septic tank and drowning while his mother took a nap that morning. There was no mention of the possibility that the lid fell closed behind Noah on its own, if one of the first responders put it back on, or if someone moved it before police arrived.

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  3. daisy7

    daisy7 Member Supreme

    Yep, so many conflicting reports and unresolved questions about the septic tank lid.
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  4. walkie-talkie

    walkie-talkie Can you hear me now?

    Noah Thomas case: Father seeks to exclude evidence of child's death

    The father of Noah Thomas is asking a judge to exclude evidence of the boy’s death as his trial is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

    Lindsay Honeycutt, lawyer for Paul Raymond Thomas, wrote in a pretrial motion that his client is accused of neglect and abuse for reportedly leaving Noah and his infant sister home alone on March 22 of last year. That was the same day Noah went missing, but Honeycutt argues the boy didn’t disappear until later in the day.

    Honeycutt argues evidence of Noah’s death is irrelevant to charges against Paul Thomas.

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  5. walkie-talkie

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  6. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    What a cutie. Thanks W-T.

    Sometimes, no - most of the time, I have a big problem with defense attorneys. Now, I should shut up.
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  7. walkie-talkie

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    Judge accepts Alford Plea for Paul Thomas
    He is awaiting sentencing

    PULASKI, Va. (AP) -

    A judge has accepted an Alford Plea for Noah Thomas’ father.

    An attorney entered the Alford Plea on behalf of Paul Thomas on Wednesday morning. By entering an Alford Plea, Thomas acknowledges that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him without admitting guilt. Thomas is facing a total of up to 10 years in prison for two felony counts of child abuse and neglect.

    Paul Thomas will be sentenced later Wednesday. Court is currently in recess.

  8. walkie-talkie

    walkie-talkie Can you hear me now?

    Noah Thomas case: Father gets 15-month sentence

    PULASKI – The father of Noah Thomas was sentenced to 15 months on Wednesday after he entered a guilty plea on charges of leaving Noah and his infant sister home alone on March 22, the same day the 5-year-old went missing and four days before the boy’s dead body was found in a septic tank near the family’s home.

    Paul Raymond Thomas, 32, has already served about a year in jail, and Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said after the sentencing hearing. That will be counted as part of his time served. As for how much of the remaining three months Thomas will spend incarcerated, Fleenor said that will be up to jail officials to calculate.

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  9. daisy7

    daisy7 Member Supreme

    Wow! :(
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  10. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    You know what the fish said when he hit his head on the concrete wall? DAM.
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  11. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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  12. walkie-talkie

    walkie-talkie Can you hear me now?

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  13. daisy7

    daisy7 Member Supreme

    WTH???!!!! :(
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  14. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    I'm speechless.
    Poor child.
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  15. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    That seems a very short sentance
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  16. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    People get harsher sentences for stealing a car with no physical harm done.
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  17. Red

    Red Well-Known Member

    I can't help but feel since our jails have a revolving door, criminals have become quite brazen.
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  18. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    yeah here to lots of crimes with no harm to others get 4-5 years
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  19. walkie-talkie

    walkie-talkie Can you hear me now?

    Pulaski community reacts to Ashley White's sentence

    PULASKI, Va. (WDBJ7) Ashley White will get out of jail later this year. A Pulaski County judge sentenced the mother of Noah Thomas to 23 months after he was found dead in a septic tank last year.

    She'll get credit for time already served at the New River Valley Regional Jail.

    "I don't agree with the sentencing at all," said Tammy Nixon.

    It's a feeling repeated throughout Pulaski.

    "Both of them should have gotten more time," Nixon said, talking about White and her boyfriend, Paul Thomas.

    "Today we got a sad day because there was no justice for that little boy," Bratton said.

    Ashley White's sentencing lasted three hours Tuesday morning. Outside the courtroom we talked to nearly 2-dozen people about the judge's decision, and not one of them agreed with it.

    "Our justice system just doesn't work apparently," Nixon said.

    "That little boy is laying over there in the graveyard and they get out and get to live the rest of their life and he don't. It's not fair," Bratton said.

    White's lawyers have said there is no evidence she killed Noah Thomas but that she was only guilty of leaving him alone then falling asleep while she was taking care of him and her infant daughter.

    Thomas went missing in March 2015. Hundreds of people helped search including Melissa Bratton.

    "I was out searching. We were making fliers to distribute," Bratton said.

    Noah was found in a septic tank behind the family home a few days later. Friends and counselors said in court Tuesday that White was devastated and will never recover from his death.

    They're also fearful for her life after jail. People in Pulaski have a suggestion.

    "If it was me, I'd get out of Pulaski County because they're not going to have a peaceful life," Bratton said.

    White will likely be released in November.

    The boy's father, Paul Thomas, was also in the courtroom. He's served his sentence and is now out of jail.

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  20. believe09

    believe09 Well-Known Member

    Astonishing. What is the life of a child worth?
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