As a mom, I can't imagine the horror of finding the limp bodies of your two beautiful babies floating in a swimming pool. Panic? Shock? One would think the first priority of any parent would be to call 911 immediately, which is what makes the reaction of Tassie Anne Behrens of La Mesa, California, so difficult to understand. The 26-year-old mom woke up Monday morning at the home of a friend where she'd been staying for several days and walked outside to find her 2-year-old son Jason Bradford and 16-month-old daughter Harley Bradford in the pool. The children were unresponsive when pulled out of the water, so Behrens and a "man who lived at the house" reportedly put the babies in a black truck "with the intention of taking them to the hospital" -- but they didn't take them to the hospital. Instead, they took the kids to La Mesa fire station. WHAT?!
From there, the children were transported by ambulance to the hospital -- but why the hell didn't their mom go straight there?? Or call 911?!
Harley passed away at 10:27 a.m. Monday morning. Jason followed his little sister at 11:25 p.m. Monday night.
Apparently Behrens told investigators that she "drove the children for help" instead of calling 911 because she didn't want a "friend who lives at the house to get in trouble for not having a gate around his pool." And that's more important than saving her children's lives?! According to the authorities, she initially lied about where the kids were found, claiming it was a pool at Lamplighter Mobile Home Park. What gives??
Later that day, 44-year-old Larry Dangelo, a resident of the La Mesa home, was taken into custody by members of the regional Narcotics Task Force and booked on several charges, including possession of marijuana for sale and running a hash oil extraction lab. (Police don't think Dangelo is the same man who helped drive the kids to the fire station.) So clearly the people at that house had something to hide, and it had nothing to do with a gate around the pool. I also have a feeling there was a lot more to hide than some pot and hash oil. But that still doesn't really explain why a mother would be more concerned with getting her friend in trouble than saving her kids. At least not to me.
Why do you think this mom chose not to call 911?
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