Homicide, assault charges withdrawn against mother in son's drowning

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Homicide and assault charges were withdrawn Monday against an Indiana County woman whose 13-month-old son drowned in a bathtub.

Tonya Thomas of White, who was 25 when she was charged in February, still faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and recklessly endangering another person in connection with the death of her son Ryden.

State police in Indiana said at the time of her arrest that Ms. Thomas left Ryden and his 2- and 3-year-old siblings alone in the bathtub while she went downstairs to do laundry, text on her phone, get snacks and medicine. When she returned, Ryden was face down in the water and she began CPR.

Police said the boy's father, Wesley Thomas, 24, was in a bedroom playing a video game when his son drowned. He faces charges of recklessly endangering another person and endangering the welfare of a child and waived a preliminary hearing on Monday, according to court records.

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