A mom who crashed at a home where there was a marijuana growing operation in the basement was arrested on Thursday for felony child abuse after her children drowned in a pool while she slept.
Tassie Behrens, 26, was charged with felony child abuse and being under the influence of drugs and possession of marijuana for sale after she was located at a Best Western motel in El Cajon, reports NBC San Diego news.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department released a statement that said that Behrens woke up on May 13 when the incident happened, around 9:45 am. and found her one-year-old daughter, Harley Bradford and her two-year-old son, Jason Bradford missing. When she went to the backyard she found them unconscious in the pool, floating face down, reported 10News.
A friend that lived at the home drove her to the fire station and the paramedics tried to revive the toddlers. They were transported to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.
What is even sadder is that little Jason tried to wake up his mom and ask her where Harley was, but she went back to sleep before answering. Although we will never know, Jason may have found Harley in the pool and died while trying to save her.
Behrens told the police later that she drove the children to the fire station instead of calling 911 because she didn't want her friend to get in trouble for not having a fence around the pool, according to Lt. Glenn Giannantonio. Behrens also lied to the police and told them the children where found in a swimming pool at a mobile home park in Spring Valley instead of the home in La Mesa.
Police searched the home at the 10000 block of Sunset Avenue in La Mesa where the children drowned and found 60 marijuana plants growing in the basement, along with drug-making equipment.
Also, arrested was Larry D'Angelo, 44, the renter of the million-dollar home in connection with the illegal drug operation.
According to a media post by Rain Thomas on the Daily Mail website, "She had lost custody of the babies to her incarcerated husband's relatives. She was supposed to relinquish custody of her children the day after they died. Those children were literally less than 24 hours away from being saved and leaving a better life! I think it's awfully suspicious they both happened to die accidentally, the day before they were supposed to be turned over."