Mother charged with drowning son

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Jacob Telnas spoke out Tuesday. After his 12-year old son was allegedly drowned by his own mother Sherri Telnas.

“I answered (the phone) and said ‘Hey how are you doing?,’ you know, and he just said ‘Jacob I’m sorry to tell you this but Jackson went on to be with Jesus,” Jacob said.

Divorce court records from 2010 show Jacob pleaded to keep the then 10-month-old away from Sherri.

In his affidavit from September 2010 he said:

“Sherri could lose control at any time and have a repeat of last time. He is not safe.”

The “he” referred to their baby son. Sherri was charged with attempted deliberate homicide after allegedly trying to drown the baby in the Clark Fork River in 2008.

“The first time it was life crushing. It was out of the blue, it was the worst experience I’ve ever been through by far,” Jacob said.

Another statement from 2010 echoed the same concerns:

“Sherri can and has lost control and I believe she’ll attempt to do it again.”

Sherri is now accused of drowning the boy, who is now 12-years-old in an irrigation ditch Saturday.

“There are just no words. I mean I’m just cried out,” Dianna Keeland the boy’s grandmother said.

Sherri fought for custody in her 2010 response:

“I’m afraid for (my son’s) life because Jacob has an addiction to alcohol and marijuana which he consumes every day and night.”

The court ultimately granted Sherri primary care of the boy. It cited substance abuse and also stated Jacob was unemployed, had a DUI and did not make much money.

Keeland gave a warning — this time for this time others.

“If you suspect, even suspect a little bit, that a mother or father, aunt, uncle whatever is in a way to where you think there’s even an inkling that they might hurt the children do something.”

The documents showed the judge believed Sherri was mentally stable.

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