The Virginia Court of Appeals today reversed the conviction of Ashley Jennifer White, ruling she should not have been held criminally responsible for the death of her son, 5-year-old Noah Thomas.
Thomas died in 2015, and his body was recovered from a septic tank outside the family’s mobile home on Highland Road in Pulaski County, ending a four-day search that gripped the county’s citizens.
White was first convicted in 2016.
White was originially convicted of two counts of child abuse and neglect in
violation of Code § 18.2-371.1(B), and one count of child abuse and neglect in violation of Code § 18.2-371.1(A). On appeal, White challenged only the conviction under Code § 18.2-371.1(A).
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 entire 19-page opinion issued today by the court, and made available through the court’s Appellate Case Management System, can be viewed through the link below