Mom Pleads Guilty in Tots' Drowning

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    NBC 7's Candice Nguyen talks with Linda Mello, a neighbor of Tassie Behrens, the woman who pleaded guilty Monday to child endangerment charges in connection with the 2013 drowning deaths of two toddlers in La Mesa. (Published Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014)

    A San Diego woman pleaded guilty Monday to child endangerment charges in the drowning deaths of her two toddlers.

    Two-year-old Jason Bradford, Jr. and 16-month-old Harley Bradford drowned May 13, 2013 in a pool at a home in unincorporated La Mesa.

    La Mesa Mom Arrested in Tots' Drownings

    [DGO] La Mesa Mom Arrested in Tots' Drownings
    La Mesa mother Tassie Behrens has been arrested in connection with the May 13 drownings of her two children found unconscious in a backyard swimming pool. NBC 7's Steven Luke reports. (Published Thursday, Sep 19, 2013)

    Their mother, Tassie Behrens, initially pleaded not guilty to felony child endangerment charges but changed her plea Monday in San Diego Superior Court.

    Behrens, 28, will be sentenced Sept. 17 and faces a sentence that could range from probation to a maximum of seven years and four months in prison.

    2 Toddlers Drown in Backyard Pool

    [DGO] 2 Toddlers Drown in Backyard Pool
    Investigators will present evidence to the District Attorney's office after two toddlers drowned in a La Mesa pool. (Published Tuesday, May 14, 2013)

    Once she discovered the children face down in her friend's pool, Behrens made several decisions that hampered officials.

    Instead of calling 911, she and her friend drove the children to a fire station 15 minutes away. 

    She also lied to investigators about where the children died to cover up a marijuana growing operation inside the home, officials said.

    The friend who owned the La Mesa home - Larry Dangelo - pleaded guilty to manufacturing of hash oil. He will be sentenced to five years in prison on Sept. 23.

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