A California mom has been arrested for allegedly murdering her 12-year-old son and critically injuring his brother 10 years after she was convicted of trying to drown him as a baby, according to police.
Sherri Renee Telnas, 45, was arrested after 911 callers reported that she was acting “strangely” early Saturday as she walked the boys to a field near her home in Porterville, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies found the boys unresponsive in a ditch. The 12-year-old was later pronounced dead at a hospital. His 7-year-old brother is in critical condition. Telnas was arrested at the scene and held on murder and attempted murder charges, deputies said. Officials have not said how the boy died pending an autopsy.
In 2009, she was convicted in Montana of trying to drown the same boy when he was 10 months old. She was sentenced to 20 years in the custody of the state Department of Public Health and Human Services.