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Mom Pleads Not Guilty in Kids’ Drowning



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    Tassie Behrens was arraigned via video on Monday in El Cajon court.

    A San Diego mom was arraigned Monday in the drowning deaths of her two children.

    Tassie Behrens, 27, pleaded not guilty to all counts, including felony child endangerment and drug charges.

    2-year-old Jason Bradford, Jr. and 16-month-old Harley Bradford drowned May 13 in a pool at a home in unincorporated La Mesa. Instead of calling 911, Behrens and a friend drove the children to a fire station 15 minutes away.

    Deputy District Attorney Chantal De Mauregne explained why Behrens was charged with child endangerment instead of manslaughter: 

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    “We’ve reviewed every single possible document and piece of evidence that there is to review to make an appropriate charging decision," De Mauregne said. "And certainly, it’s a very sad and tragic situation. But the charges filed against her, those are the ones we believe we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt.”

    According to investigators, Behrens lied about where the children died to cover up a marijuana growing operation inside the La Mesa home.

    Larry Dangelo, 44, was arrested on drug charges. Child cruelty charges were later added. Deangelo is free on bail.

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    Behrens was arrested last week. She remains at Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility on $500,000 bail.

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