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Mom Leaves 2 Sons in 4Runner With Engine Running For 90 Minutes**More on pg 15, 19, 33, 35**NEW 12/4 pg 36**

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This happened where I live. So sad. :-(



















Affidavit: Mom admits leaving kids in car



















By Paul Shockley Wednesday, November 28, 2012



















A Palisade mother admitted to a Mesa County sheriff’s



















investigator she left her toddler sons alone in her Toyota 4Runner, with its engine running, for approximately 90 minutes Tuesday night near Powderhorn Mountain Resort while she met a man, according to records obtained by The Daily Sentinel.



















At 6:31 p.m., 24-year-old Heather Jensen called 911, reporting her 2-year-old boy, William, was unconscious, not breathing and had no pulse, reads a search warrant affidavit signed by a Mesa County judge early Wednesday.



















With emergency crews scrambling to respond Tuesday night, Jensen told dispatchers around 6:50 p.m. that her 4-year-old boy, Tyler, was breathing but “gurgling” with every breath, the affidavit said.



















William was pronounced dead at the scene, while Tyler was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital before being transferred to Children’s Hospital in Denver. He remained in critical condition there through Wednesday.



















The Mesa County Coroner’s Office as of Wednesday had not released the cause and manner of William’s death, while the Sheriff’s Department said little in the ongoing investigation.



















According to the search warrant, Jensen told deputies in her initial statement at the scene she had taken her sons to play in the snow near the ski resort. When they finished, she said she put the boys back in their car seats and started her 4Runner.



















“Heather stated she stood outside the vehicle, smoking a cigarette, and then spoke to a friend who happened to drive by,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit. “Heather said after about 10 minutes, she got in the vehicle and started driving home. She described hearing Tyler making gurgling noises within minutes of driving away.”



















She said she pulled over, discovered William wasn’t breathing and called 911, while taking CPR instructions over the phone.



















Jensen gave a different account of events in an interview late Tuesday at the Sheriff’s Department.



















She said she contacted a “male friend” Tuesday afternoon and made arrangements to meet him near the ski resort, the affidavit said. They met while Jensen said she allowed her children to play in the snow, before she put them back in their car seats and started her engine.



















She described “getting into the man’s truck,” which was parked next to her 4Runner.



















“Heather admitted that she left her two sons alone in her 4Runner, with its engine running, for approximately 90 minutes before she returned to the vehicle and drove away,” the affidavit said.



















Jensen denied using any narcotics or controlled substances, although she said she had a prescription for anti-depressant medication.



















“Heather stated she previously had an addiction to pain medication but had not used any for about one year,” the affidavit said.



















She told the investigator both children were wearing coats when they were outside playing and she took the coats off when they got back into the 4Runner because they were wet, the affidavit said.



















An investigator wrote in the affidavit there was probable cause to believe the crime of child abuse resulting in death had been committed. The search warrant authorized the seizure of any articles of children’s clothing remaining in the 4Runner, in addition to prescriptions, empty prescription containers, controlled substances, pesticides, chemicals or poisons. A mechanical inspection also was authorized for the 4Runner’s exhaust and emission system, as well as testing for the presence of carbon monoxide.



















The 4Runner was impounded Wednesday at the Sheriff’s Department.



















The investigation comes in the wake of the death of Jensen’s husband, Eric, 26, who died in a two-car accident Oct. 10 in Garfield County.



















Eric Jensen was driving north on Garfield County Road 319 around 6:26 a.m. on Oct. 10, when the Acura Integra he was driving was struck by a southbound Jeep Cherokee, driven by 37-year-old Justin Robinson of Rifle, according to the Colorado State Patrol. Robinson suffered non-threatening injuries.



















Nobody else was in the vehicles. Troopers said speed may have contributed to the crash.



















Heather Jensen had been serving a deferred judgment and probation stemming from a domestic violence arrest on March 13 in which Eric Jensen was the named victim, according to court records.



















Eric Jensen told arresting Palisade police officers his wife had punched and bit him when he confronted her about hanging out with a woman “she receives medication from,” an arrest affidavit said. Eric Jensen told the officer she had taken Vicodin and Percocet in the past.



















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by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 9:39 AM
Replies (51-60):
nicki1018
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Sad.

Ms.Pteranodon
by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Wouldn't snow melt off a hot tail pipe though?


Quoting indyb:

Not necessarily,  if the tailpipe was completely backed up into the snow the carbon could come back up into the car and if all the windows were closed the car would fill up with the gasses.


Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:

Backing into a snow bank would t make sense either.. She would to have left the windows rolled down as had a direct link from the tail pipe into the car.



The car would have to be completely enclosed in a garage for it to happen.









Quoting indyb:

They said they were at a ski resort,  it's possible that she could have backed up into a snow bank and enough carbon monoxide would have gotten in the car to kill them.  Although they will never be able to prove whether she did it on purpose or not if that's the case!



Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:

In order for this to be her fault there would have to be evidence of pipe stuffing. She would have had to stuff the tail pipe and run a hose from the tail pipe to the car windows...





But there would be clear evidence of that happening.





So it sounds like maybe there was something wrong with the car? Or maybe the kids were sick?








Quoting 702girly:

Yeah, I've put my son in the running car and stood next to it in the parking lot of stores chatting with people I ran into.

That shouldn't be fatal.




Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:

Exactly...







I don't see how she kills. Her kids by leaving them in a parked car.







I've left my kids in the car when they were napping and we had arrived at our destination.







Like if we get to n grandparents house. Instead of waking sleeping kids I will leave them in it and stay outside with them.











Quoting 702girly:

Wait, so she was sitting in a truck parked right next to the car where her kids were the entire time?

I don't see how that's neglect if that's what really happened.














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702girly
by Gold Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Well, there's a huge difference between standing right outside the car your kid is sleeping in and just leaving them alone in a parked car while you take off.

Quoting RollingStone:

Yeah.. but they're saying he left her alone for about two hours.. the park has cameras.. He's also charged with child neglect..

I'm mobile.. maybe someone can find the link..?


lilmoosesmom
by Cat on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM
Something is missing

Kids playing in snow
She moves them to her car, which is running
She's in a truck next to the car

Gets back and one kids gone and the other is barely breathing


Yeah it was wrong to leave the kids I. The car BUT SOMETHING IS NOT ADDING UP

The throw in her dead husband and her drug issue?!


Something just isn't adding up
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TresHijas111825
by Silver Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM
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I suppose a 2 and 4 year old would "know better". Perhaps. All I'm saying is...its still neglectful. They were unattended for 1.5 hours. As mother we know it only takes a short time for children of that age to get into things, so even if we are doing something-washing the dishes for example-we check in on them every so often. 

Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:


I think a two year old and four year old would no better than to not get into those things...

Also the kids were in their carseats.. Not like they could get into anything...

It really sounds like there was sow thing wrong with the car..


Quoting TresHijas111825:

I'm not certain why don't see this as neglectful but let me present this scenario:

If you (general you) were in the same house but another room for a straight  1.5 hours while having sex with and/or doing drugs with a man and your children opened up the door/ turned on the stove/ drowned in the toilet-would that be considered neglect? Just because the vehicles were right next to each other doesn't mean she was caring for them. A  2 and 4 year old need constant supervision. 



Quoting 702girly:

Wait, so she was sitting in a truck parked right next to the car where her kids were the entire time?

I don't see how that's neglect if that's what really happened.




Maks1mommy
by Emerald Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM
This.

Quoting xXxLillithxXx:

I'd like to know what the cause of death was...because in my opinion what she did was not cool...but it wasn't "neglect" Something just doesn't sound right with this story.

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Ms.Pteranodon
by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM
If there was something wrong with the car, should she still get the blame?


Quoting Mrs.Pedro:

This just doesn't feel right. Either her truck's emissions were jacked up... Or she killed them. Either way, poor kiddos :(

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indyb
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Not if it was a huge snowbank full of packed snow.

Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:

Wouldn't snow melt off a hot tail pipe though?


Quoting indyb:

Not necessarily,  if the tailpipe was completely backed up into the snow the carbon could come back up into the car and if all the windows were closed the car would fill up with the gasses.


Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:

Backing into a snow bank would t make sense either.. She would to have left the windows rolled down as had a direct link from the tail pipe into the car.



The car would have to be completely enclosed in a garage for it to happen.









Quoting indyb:

They said they were at a ski resort,  it's possible that she could have backed up into a snow bank and enough carbon monoxide would have gotten in the car to kill them.  Although they will never be able to prove whether she did it on purpose or not if that's the case!



Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:

In order for this to be her fault there would have to be evidence of pipe stuffing. She would have had to stuff the tail pipe and run a hose from the tail pipe to the car windows...





But there would be clear evidence of that happening.





So it sounds like maybe there was something wrong with the car? Or maybe the kids were sick?








Quoting 702girly:

Yeah, I've put my son in the running car and stood next to it in the parking lot of stores chatting with people I ran into.

That shouldn't be fatal.




Quoting Ms.Pteranodon:

Exactly...







I don't see how she kills. Her kids by leaving them in a parked car.







I've left my kids in the car when they were napping and we had arrived at our destination.







Like if we get to n grandparents house. Instead of waking sleeping kids I will leave them in it and stay outside with them.











Quoting 702girly:

Wait, so she was sitting in a truck parked right next to the car where her kids were the entire time?

I don't see how that's neglect if that's what really happened.















CrimsonRose01
by ~Cassandra~ on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I was thinking about this too. The only way I can see they might have gotten carbon monoxide poisoning is that maybe there was snow clogging the tail pipe? It said they were at a ski resort, so that's a possibility. She would have had the windows up so the kids didn't get cold. Regardless, she shouldn't have left them in the car that long. Those poor kids. 

Quoting LucyHarper:

I'm confused. Was the car in a enclosed area? You can't get carbon monoxide poisoning from a car thats outside. What exactly hurt the kids? Were they too hot or too cold?


Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Nov. 29, 2012 at 10:23 AM
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So you actually left your 2 or 4 yr old in another room so you could have sex for hours?

Quoting 702girly:

My son did not have constant 24/7 supervision when he was 2 or 4 year old. I don't think that's possible or a reasonable expectation.

My husband and I would have sex in another room, sometimes for hours, while our son was in another part of the house.

I don't consider that neglect.


Quoting TresHijas111825:

I'm not certain why don't see this as neglectful but let me present this scenario:

If you (general you) were in the same house but another room for a straight  1.5 hours while having sex with and/or doing drugs with a man and your children opened up the door/ turned on the stove/ drowned in the toilet-would that be considered neglect? Just because the vehicles were right next to each other doesn't mean she was caring for them. A  2 and 4 year old need constant supervision. 



Quoting 702girly:

Wait, so she was sitting in a truck parked right next to the car where her kids were the entire time?

I don't see how that's neglect if that's what really happened.



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