A 7-year-old boy has died at Valley Children’s Hospital, a week after his mother allegedly killed his brother and him in an irrigation ditch.
Sherri Telnas, 45, has been charged with drowning Jacob’s older brother, Jackson Telna. She will most likely face additional homicide charges in connection with Jacob’s death.
Police said Sherri was acting strangely around 5:25 a.m. Saturday, June 29. Neighbors called 911 when they saw her take her two children to a field across the street from their home.
Jackson, 12, was found unresponsive in an irrigation ditch with his 7-year-old brother Jacob Telnas, the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
They issued another press release at around 2:30 a.m. Sunday that stated Jacob had died at 2:20 a.m. on July 7. Jacob suffered a traumatic brain injury likely caused by a lack of oxygen from drowning.
Deputies said an autopsy will determine an exact cause of death.