Bench trial for Ashley White begins

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PULASKI COUNTY (WSLS 10) - The bench trial for Ashley White started on Thursday at the Pulaski County courthouse.

White faces 3 felony child abuse and neglect charges following the March 2015 death of her 5-year-old son, Noah Thomas.

The Commonwealth's Attorney broke down the charges against White. Prosecutors said, the two class 6 felonies are for when White allegedly left Noah and his baby sister, Abigail, at home alone while she took their father, Paul Thomas, to work. The class 4 felony is for when White allegedly left Noah unattended while she was sleeping.

The defense argued it's not a crime to fall asleep when you're home with your kids.

As of 12:30 p.m., the Commonwealth's Attorney called 6 of 20 witnesses to the stand. Those witnesses include the medical examiner and two members of the FBI.