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Man Sentenced To Jail In Indiana Co. Toddler’s Tub Death

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INDIANA, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – The father of a toddler who drowned in a bathtub earlier this year has been sentenced to a term of three months to just under two years in jail.

Wesley Thomas, 25, was sentenced Friday in Indiana County in the February death of 13-month-old Ryden.

Thomas and his 26-year-old wife, Tonya, were arrested after police alleged that their three young children were left unsupervised in a bathtub in their White Township home.

Wesley Thomas pleaded guilty in August to misdemeanor child endangerment. His attorney said his client didn’t know that the children were alone in the tub.

Tonya Thomas is awaiting trial on homicide and related charges. A district judge earlier dismissed the homicide charge, but prosecutors refiled it and she was ordered in August to stand trial.

There had been a previous incident in the home involving the bathtub, which resulted in water safety classes and a warning to CYS.

Previously, a state trooper testified that Tonya Thomas walked past the bathroom and saw only two of the three children sitting up in the tub, but continued to go downstairs to do laundry and fix the kids a snack.

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