Ashley White has been charged with felony murder in connection with the death of her son, Noah Thomas. White, 31, was charged on Wednesday, according to records from the New River Valley Regional Jail, where she is currently being held. She faces five years imprisonment and a maximum of 40 years on the charge. Under Virginia law, the felony murder charge is defined as “the accidental killing, contrary to the intention of the other parties, while in the commission of some other felonious act.” White and Noah’s father, Paul Thomas, are already facing felony child abuse and neglect charges in connection with their son’s death, as well as the care of their infant daughter. White’s felony murder charge, as well as child abuse charges against her and Thomas, are for offenses that allegedly occurred on March 22, the day Noah was reported missing. His disappearance resulted in a countywide search that involved the FBI as well as dozens of local and federal law enforcement agencies. Noah’s body was found in a septic tank on his parent’s rental property on March 26. A statement from Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis urged the public to hold off on speculation. “Once again, I ask that the public be cautious with rumors and misleading speculation in reference to Noah’s death, as these statement and social media postings add more confusion and false information and divert valuable investigative manpower from the investigation,” Davis said in a prepared statement Wednesday. Due to the fact that it is a pending criminal case, the Sheriff’s Office and Commonwealth’s Attorney will not make any further statements about the investigation. The preliminary hearing for White’s murder charge is scheduled for Aug. 12, the same day as her pending abuse and neglect charge. Those charges will be heard in the Pulaski County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.