Crime

She took her daughter on a road trip with a dead body. Now she’s getting parenting class

Sherrie Lynn Boggess pleaded no contest to willful cruelty to a child for the Aug. 15 incident in Cayucos.
Sherrie Lynn Boggess pleaded no contest to willful cruelty to a child for the Aug. 15 incident in Cayucos.

A mother who brought her teenage daughter along on a road trip to bury the body of a dead friend has been sentenced to probation and parenting class.

Sherrie Lynn Boggess, 50, from the Bakersfield area will serve four years of formal supervised probation after pleading no contest to willful cruelty to a child, an offense stemming from the fact that her 13-year-old daughter was in the vehicle at the time it was transporting the corpse of 83-year-old Donald Eugene Cunningham. Boggess was sentenced on Tuesday.

Boggess and her co-defendant, Darwin Keith Alaskari, 59, told deputies they were driving Cunningham’s body to be buried in Big Sur when they were detained in Cayucos on Aug. 15.

Deputies made contact with the couple while they were parked in the 100 block of F Street. They noticed a strong odor coming from the vehicle, and a search revealed Cunningham’s body in the SUV’s cargo area. The girl was taken the custody of San Luis Obispo County Child Welfare Services.

Alaskari remains in custody at San Luis Obispo County Jail, where he is being held on $105,000 bond while the court awaits receipt of a report on his mental health status.

Andrew Sheeler: 805-781-7929, @andrewsheeler

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