ALAMEDA COUNTY (KRON) — The sheriff’s deputy’s wife accused of driving under the influence during a crash that killed 3-year-old Elijah Dunn has surrendered to authorities Monday.
Yarenit Liliana Malihan, 40, of Pleasanton, is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury.
Mailhan has surrendered to the California Highway Patrol of Dublin.
Bail has been set at $3 million. She is currently in the process of being booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.
If convicted of all charges and enhancements, Malihan is facing a maximum of 11 years in state prison.
Malihan is scheduled to make her first court appearance on Tuesday.
The crash that killed a 3-year-old San Ramon boy happened on Sept. 9, 2016.
“We are extremely disappointed and saddened that the DA chose to charge Malihan with only felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter, and not charge her with murder, especially in light of Malihan’s other alcohol and drug-related arrests just months before and after killing Elijah,” Jeff Hubins, the Dunn family spokesperson, said on Friday.
That was her second DUI within a 3-month period. At the time of the crash, Malihan had a valid driver’s license.
Malihan’s first DUI was on June 7, 2016 when she was pulled over with a child in her car in Pleasanton. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and child endangerment.
“The California Highway Patrol is committed to ensuring that drunk and drug impaired drivers are removed from our highways,” Captain Christopher Sherry, Commander of the Dublin CHP Area said. “We are dedicated to preventing DUI-related tragedies. We will continue to support the Dunn family as this case proceeds through the judicial system.”
Photos of Elijah Dunn
Yarenit Malihan has been arrested. We will continue to support 3YO Elijah Dunn’s family as this case proceeds through the judicial system.
— Captain Chris Sherry (@CHPChrisSherry) May 22, 2017
— Terisa Estacio (@TerisaEstacio) May 22, 2017
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