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UPDATE: Trial opens in bathtub downing case

by on June 24, 2014 5:45 PM

A mother who is on trial for allowing her 13-month-old son's accidental drowning to occur repeatedly had been told about the need to be more mindful in supervising her children, social workers testified on Tuesday.

The social workers, who work for different agencies, including Indiana County Children & Youth Services, said a lack of appropriate supervision had been an ongoing concern in the home of Tonya and Wesley Thomas.

Their son, Ryden, died Feb. 2 after drowning in a bathtub in their White Township home. Prosecutors contend Tonya Thomas, 27, is at fault because she left the boy, along with his two siblings, unattended in the tub while she left to take care of a few other chores.

Prosecutors are seeking a conviction on a count of third-degree murder.

Testimony in the trial began today and resumes Wednesday before Indiana County President Judge William Martin.

See Wednesday's edition of the Gazette for continuing coverage.

Sam Kusic is a staff writer for The Indiana Gazette.
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