PULASKI (WSLS 10) – The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office said the mother of a boy found dead in a septic tank under the family’s home has been charged with felony murder in his death.
According to 8News sister station WSLS, Ashley Jennifer White, age 31, was charged with felony murder of her child, Noah Thomas. Under Virginia law, this charge is defined as the accidental killing, contrary to the intention of the parties, while in the commission of some other felonious act.
That other felonious act listed is the abuse and/or neglect of her child.
The sheriff’s office said the preliminary hearing for this new charge will be scheduled on the same day as the pending abuse and neglect charge on August 12 and will be heard in the Pulaski County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.
The sheriff asked for the public to be “cautious with rumors and misleading speculation in reference to Noah’s death, as these statement and social media postings add more confusion and false information and divert valuable investigative manpower from the investigation.”