• Indiana Co. mother pleads guilty in child's bathtub drowning death


    INDIANA COUNTY, Pa. -  An Indiana County mother has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child charges in the bathtub drowning death of her 13-month-old son.

    A district judge originally dropped charges against Tonya Thomas, of White Township, last May. But prosecutors charged her again in August after hearing testimony from the head of the Care Center of Indiana County.

    The witness testified that Thomas was repeatedly warned not to leave her children unattended in the tub.

    Prosecutors said Thomas and her husband, Wesley Thomas, had been ordered to take water safety courses on how to properly bathe their children.

    Despite the warnings, prosecutors said, Thomas left her son unattended in the tub with his 2- and 3-year-old siblings in February 2013.

    Ryden drowned while prosecutors said Tonya Thomas texted, did laundry and made a snack.

    A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 31.


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