2nd Son Dies in California Drowning Case

Jacob Ray Telnas, 7, died Sunday, a week after his brother was allegedly drowned by their mother
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2019 2:23 PM CDT
2nd Son Dies in California Drowning Case
This June 29, 2019, file photo, provided by the Tulare County Sheriff's Department shows Sherri Renee Telnas.   (Tulare County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Jacob Ray Telnas, 7, was taken off life support Sunday, a week after his mother allegedly drowned both him and his older brother, ABC 13 reports. Jackson Telnas, 12, died June 29 in an irrigation ditch near Porterville, California, and Jacob Ray was left near death in the same ditch, according to the Tulare County Sheriff's Office. He had been in a coma since the incident. Sherri Telnas—who also attempted to drown Jackson in 2008 when he was a baby—has already been hit with charges including murder and attempted murder, battery on a peace officer, and gassing (the last charge reportedly has to do with Telnas allegedly hurling spit at an officer). It is not yet clear whether she will face additional charges following Jacob Ray's death, the Fresno Bee reports. She reportedly told police she drowned her sons because they were possessed by demons. (Much more on the tragic incident here.)

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