VIDEO: Sheriff’s deputy’s wife pleads not guilty to manslaughter, DUI

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 pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday morning, according to her attorney.

40-year-old Yarenit Liliana Malihan of Pleasanton is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury.

The East Bay mom and Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy’s wife made her first court appearance in a Contra Costa County courthouse Tuesday after surrendering to authorities the day before.

Bail has been set at $3 million. She was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility.

If convicted of all charges and enhancements, Malihan is facing a maximum of 11 years in state prison.

In court documents, obtained by KRON4, prosecutors had harsh words for the mother calling her a “major risk of public safety.”

In the last year, Malihan has been arrested three times for being intoxicated. Last June, her own children called 911 after she picked up one of them while allegedly under the influence. Then in September, the fatal DUI accident of 3-year-old Dunn on I-680 happened.

Most recently, on May 12, she was discovered in a ditch at a Pleasanton intersection. Her blood level was nearly three times the legal limit.

At the time, she reportedly told the arresting officer she planned to pick up her children from school and drive them home.

KRON4 learned Malihan’s license was suspended then revoked in December of 2016.

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