The Latest: Mom charged in son’s death left parole in 2014

VISALIA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a woman charged in the drowning death of her son in California (all times local):

4 p.m.

A woman accused of drowning her 12-year-old son in a California irrigation ditch was released from probation in Montana in 2014 after her parole officer said she didn’t pose any risk to the boy she had tried to drown as a baby.

Court records show Sherri Telna’s parole officer in Montana recommended in September 2014 conditional release from her supervision, saying Telnas “will not present unreasonable risk of danger to the victim(s) of this offense.”

Telna was sentenced in 2009 to the custody of Montana health officials for two 10-year sentences running consecutively for trying to drown the then-10-month-old boy in a Montana river.

According to court documents, Telna transferred her supervision to California in 2012.

Prosecutors in Tulare County charged her Tuesday with the killing of the boy and attempted killing of his 7-year-old brother.


3 p.m.

A woman accused of drowning her 12-year-old son in a California irrigation ditch 11 years after she tried to drown him in a Montana river has been charged with murder.

Tulare County District Attorney Tim Ward said 45-year-old Sherri Telnas was charged Tuesday with one count of murder with the special circumstance of lying in wait and one count of attempted murder causing great bodily injury.

Deputies arrested Telnas on Saturday after they found the boy and his 7-year-old brother unresponsive in a full irrigation canal near their home in the community of Porterville.

Telnas is expected to be arraigned on the charges later Tuesday. It wasn’t clear if she has an attorney who can speak on her behalf.

If convicted on all charges, Telnas faces a maximum sentence of either life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.

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