Split Verdict Reached For Mother Of Drowned Toddler
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Jurors in Indiana County reached a split verdict in the case of a mother whose toddler drowned in a bathtub.
Tonya Thomas was found not guilty of third-degree murder, but guilty of involuntary manslaughter, assault and endangerment. She pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of children and involuntary manslaughter in January.
Thomas’s 13-month-old son, Ryden, drowned in the bathtub in February 2013 when he was left with his 2- and 3-year-old siblings. Thomas told police she left the children alone for a few minutes and returned to find him face down in the water.
Thomas was released on bond until she’s sentenced next month. The maximum sentence she faces is 20 years on the charge.
The toddler’s father, Wesley Thomas, pleaded guilty to child endangerment in August 2013 and was sentenced to jail.