Father of Virginia boy found dead in septic tank convicted

A Virginia man whose 5-year-old son who was found dead in a septic tank will be sentenced on two counts of child abuse and neglect.

Media outlets report that 32-year-old Paul Thomas entered an Alford plea, which means he does not admit guilt but acknowledges sufficient evidence for a conviction. Sentencing was set for later Wednesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court.

Noah Thomas and his infant sister were left alone while their mother, 31-year-old Ashley White, drove their father to work last March. White says Noah disappeared after she returned home and took a nap. The boy's body was found four days later in a septic tank near his Dublin home.

White was convicted last month of three counts of abuse and neglect. She will be sentenced May 16.