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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. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Noah Thomas case: Mother appeals verdict, father sues septic tank company and landlord

    The father of Noah Thomas is suing his former landlords and the maker of a septic tank lid, arguing they’re responsible for the dangerous environment that led to his 5-year-old’s drowning in 2015.

    Paul Thomas filed the $5.3 million wrongful death civil suit on behalf of Noah’s estate, claiming that Noah had stood on top of the buried septic tank the day he went missing.

    The Tuf-Tite brand lid, which covers an access hole for tank maintenance, was not securely attached. The lawsuit claims the lid rotated or swung open, causing Noah to fall inside. The suit claims the lid then “continued to rotate and returned to its previous position, leaving no outward indication of Noah’s whereabouts.”

    Meanwhile, Ashley White, the boy’s mother, is gearing up for a legal fight of her own as she appeals her criminal conviction for child abuse and neglect on the day Noah died.

    In February — after White had finished serving her sentence — the Virginia Court of Appeals agreed to consider White’s case. In March, her attorney submitted the formal appeal and last month, the Virginia Attorney General’s office, which will represent the prosecution in the appeal stage, filed a response arguing there was enough evidence to convict White, said Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor.

    No date has been set for arguments in the appeal.

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  2. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Would you look at that? Easter Bunny & Tooth Fairy riding a unicorn thru my den!!!!! Y'know ANYTHING could happen.
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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I hope that septic tank hasn't been altered. The jury in the civil suit needs to see how it covers up.
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  4. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    No way the lid magically replaces itself after being open enough for a child to fall thru. & if mom had not been high OR left children at home when she took hubby to work OR was napping while she should have been mothering ,...
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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    This has been my reaction all along, but I'd like to open the door and see what the parents have to say. They sure haven't been slithering away from the situation, like guilty parents seem to do.
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  6. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    Didya ever notice some people are so wrapped up in their own drug haze, their emotions are dulled, actions & reactions seem off even knowing many eyes are watching & questioning & it seems the whole time, there has been too much interest in a big payoff?
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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Court of Appeals reverses Ashley White's conviction in death of Noah Thomas

    An appeals court has reversed one of three convictions of a Pulaski County woman accused in the death of her son.

    The court says Ashley White should not be held criminally responsible for the 2015 septic tank drowning of Noah Thomas.

    In her appeal, White argued that the evidence was insufficient to prove she committed a willful act or willful omission that caused or permitted the tragic death of her five-year-old son.

    The court agreed, and a more serious felony charge of child abuse and neglect was overturned on Tuesday.

  8. spike

    spike Bronze Member

  9. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    I quote myself:
    This judgement makes me sick..... so you can have babies, do stupid things & maybe the kids will survive & maybe not. It's all good.
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  10. noZme

    noZme Bronze Member

    If I am driving down the road, not looking where I am going and run over the Court of Appeals, will I be excused? I didn't plan to run over them.
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  11. Ladyslug

    Ladyslug Bronze Member

    Poor Noah
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  12. spike

    spike Bronze Member

    You are rewarded with medals. imo.
  13. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Noah Thomas case: State asks for full-court review of Ashley White's successful appeal

    The Virginia Attorney General’s office this week asked for a full-court review of Ashley Jennifer White’s appeal in the Noah Thomas case.

    White, the mother of 5-year-old Noah Thomas, had a conviction tied to his 2015 death overturned last month by a three-judge panel of the Virginia Court of Appeals. On Monday, the attorney general’s office formally requested that the full appeals court reconsider that decision.

    In asking for a full-court review, the attorney general’s office argued that White had shown a pattern of negligence that did justify the felony conviction.

    Among other points, the attorney general’s request for a full-court hearing noted that White knew that Thomas was able to open the door to the family’s home, that the boy had played around the septic tank opening before and that his toys had been found in the tank during a cleaning, and that White had once found him standing on the lid and made him promise not to do it again.

    The entire court meets only five times a year, with its next sessions scheduled for late November, the end of January and late March. Uitvlucht said that if the court decided to conduct an en banc review of White’s appeal, the likeliest time for it would be in March.

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  14. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Noah Thomas case: Appeals court says Ashley White's reversal will stand

    The Virginia Appeals Court will not revisit its reversal of Ashley Jennifer White’s most serious conviction in the death of her 5-year-old son Noah Thomas.

    A court order entered Oct. 17 denied the Virginia Attorney General office’s petition for a full-court review of last month’s decision to reverse White’s conviction.

    The attorney general’s office said nothing Monday about whether it will attempt to take White’s case to the Virginia Supreme Court, which would be the next step in trying to re-institute her conviction.

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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Lawsuit against landlord in Noah Thomas death to go forward

    A lawsuit brought by the father of Noah Thomas, a 5-year-old boy who drowned in a septic tank in 2015, may go forward against the family’s former landlord, a judge ruled Monday.

    But Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Lee Harrell also ruled that Paul Thomas, suing on behalf of his son’s estate, will not be able to seek punitive damages from Gary and Sharon Meadows.

    Noah’s father filed the $5.3 million civil suit in March alleging that his former landlords and the lid’s maker were responsible for the dangerous environment that led to his son’s death. The Tuf-Tite brand lid, which covers an access hole for tank maintenance, was not securely attached, the suit claimed.

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  16. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Virginia Supreme Court refuses prosecution appeal in Ashley White case

    Ashley Jennifer White’s long, high-profile journey through Virginia’s legal system took another step Thursday as the state’s Supreme Court declined to review a case that began with the 2015 death of her son in a Pulaski County septic tank.

    The Supreme Court’s refusal to take up the case means that White remains innocent of the most serious charge stemming from 5-year-old Noah Thomas’ death.

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    Mel70 Bronze Member

  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

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