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Oct 23, 2012 6:57 PM

Charges dismissed against 2 Tucson mothers who drove into washes

TUCSON - Pima County attorneys have dismissed cases against two Tucson mothers who were arrested this summer after they both drove around barricades and into flooded washes, potentially endangering the lives of the children in their vehicles.

Edna Encinas, 29, had the charges against her dismissed today due to insufficient evidence. She had been charged with three counts of child abuse and one count of reckless driving.

The child abuse charge against 18-year-old Tiffany Sherman was dismissed for further investigation, according to the Pima County Attorney's Office.

Just before 11:00pm September 6, deputies from the San Xavier Districct responded to a swift water rescue in the 1600 block of South Sandario Road.

The woman, later identified as Sherman, called 911 to say she was stuck in the wash with her one-month-old baby.

Patrol deputies and deputies with the Sheriff's Search & Rescue Unit rushed to the wash, where they found the car partially submerged.

Deputies say they found the baby wearing only a diaper, draped in a blanket. Both the mother and baby were successfully rescued, unharmed.

Deputies say the road closure signs were clearly visible in the middle of the road.

The next morning, just before 8:30am, deputies from the same district, San Xavier, responded to another swift water rescue. This one was at Valencia and Camino Verde.

Deputies say the driver, later identified as Encinas, drove her Dodge Journey past the road closure signs and got stuck in the running wash.

She called a tow truck service and that driver called 911, saying he couldn't get to the car because of the closure.

Deputies responded to the scene, along with rescuers from the Drexel Heights Fire Department.

They successfully rescued three children, 11, 6, and 2-years-old, along with the Encinas.

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