COPY-Ark. mom pleads not guilty over drowning of 3 sons

Associated Press - September 4, 2009 5:24 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The mother of 3 young children who drowned after she drove her car into a manmade lake in central Arkansas has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the deaths.

A lawyer for Amber Turley, 26, entered the plea Friday and waived an arraignment hearing scheduled for Tuesday morning in Morrilton. The lawyer, Dale Lipsmeyer, could not be immediately reached for comment.

Turley faces three counts of felony endangerment of a child in the April 19 crash. Toxicology reports from the state Crime Laboratory show a blood sample collected from Turley after the crash tested positive for marijuana and benzodiazepines, a class of drugs that include sleeping and anti-anxiety pills.

The crime lab also reported that Turley had a blood-alcohol level of .05. The legal limit in Arkansas is .08.

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