Deputies from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office said they were called to the 18900 block of Avenue 184 in Porterville regarding a suspicious circumstance.
Sheriff’s said the caller said a woman, identified as 45-year-old Sherri Telnas, was acting strangely and had taken her two male children ages 7 and 12 to a field across the street.
Deputies said while en-route to the scene they were notified the two children were found in a full irrigation ditch near a cornfield and were not responsive.
Deputies said they arrived and rendered medical aid. Both boys were taken to a local hospital where the 12-year-old died from his injuries.
Sherri Telnas was taken into custody at the scene without incident. She faces murder charges. The cause of death is pending an autopsy.
The second boy is listed in critical condition.
This case is currently under investigation by the Tulare County Violent Crimes Investigations Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit Det. Miguel Franco or Sergeant Gary Marks at (559) 802-9563 or (800) 808-0488.
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