5-Year-Old Boy Dies In Septic Tank

The Virginia medical examiner’s office says a 5-year-old boy from Pulaski County, Virginia, whose body was found in a septic tank drowned.

Tracie Cooper, business manager at the office in Roanoke, said Wednesday an autopsy determined that hypothermia also contributed to the March 26 death of Noah Thomas, according to The Associated Press.

She said the manner of death is officially listed as “undetermined.”

The Roanoke Times reports (http://bit.ly/1Enf1ho) that another representative of the medical examiner’s office was scheduled to testify about the autopsy at a preliminary hearing for the boy’s parents Thursday.

Noah’s mother, 31-year-old Ashley White, and the boy’s father, 32-year-old Paul Thomas, are charged with two counts of felony child neglect involving Noah and his infant sister, according to Roanoke.com.  The parents are being held without bond.

http://www.roanoke.com/news/crime/pulaski_county/noah-thomas-case-boy-drowned-homicide-charge-dropped-against-mother/article_ef8530da-abe1-5e92-b0a7-4a062f43ad94.html

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