The Noah Thomas case has shaped up to be a mess, but it looks like detectives in Pulaski, Virginia are quickly getting to the bottom of things. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that both parents of the once-missing child have admitted to leaving him alone with his infant sister the day he disappeared. This reveals that they had been dishonest about the circumstances surrounding his disappearance from the beginning.
Originally, Ashley White had told authorities that she took her children — Noah and his infant sister — with her to drop their father off at work on the morning of Sunday, March 22nd. She claimed that she later noticed the boy missing after she supposedly took a nap and left him to watch television by himself. When she reported Noah missing, the area erupted into a full-out search effort for the little boy. Numerous people believed that he may have wandered into the heavily wooded forestland that surrounded his family’s home. Police and volunteers searched for days with no success.
Ultimately, the body of Noah Thomas was found inside of a septic tank on his family’s property. Authorities have confirmed that there was no way to get into the septic tank except through a hole on the top that was covered. So what does this mean about how the child got into the tank? Did someone put him in that tank? The wording shared by officials seem to vaguely indicate that it’s possible. A cause of death is still being determined. Meanwhile, authorities have revealed that prescription drugs and marijuana was found in the home during a search.
Ashley Jennifer White and Paul Raymond Thomas were both interviewed more than once regarding the disappearance and death of their son. Finally, they broke and admitted that they didn’t take the kids with them at all the morning Noah was reported missing. Instead, they chose to leave them alone at their home for the drive that Ashley took to drop Paul off at work. WDBJ 7 News reports that both Thomas and White have been charged on counts of child abuse and child neglect. They remain jailed without bond. If convicted, both parents could face a decade or more in prison. It’s also a possibility that the two parents could face more charges if the child’s autopsy returns any evidence of foul play or abuse leading to death. However, no reports have indicated any suspicion of this kind of behavior.
[Photo: Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office/ Noah Thomas school photo]