Mother of boys who died in SUV in Mesa County arrested in Florida

Affidavit: Heather Jensen had sex with man

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The mother of two boys who died while left alone in a running SUV in Mesa County has been arrested in Florida.

A warrant issued in Mesa County charges Heather Jensen with two counts of child abuse resulting in death, two counts of criminally negligent homicide and one count of false reporting to authorities, KJCT-TV reported.

Jensen was the mother of William and Tyler who were found unconscious in her 1995 Toyota 4Runner on Nov. 27, on The Grand Mesa near Powderhorn Ski Resort.

Jensen admitted leaving her boys alone in their child seats for 90 minutes and  with the truck's engine running, for approximately 65 of those 90 minutes, her arrest warrant affidavit stated.  She said she was in a nearby vehicle with a male friend during that time. The man said the two engaged in sexual intercourse during that time.

Three times, prior to having sex, the two adults saw the 4Runner door open slightly, the affidavit stated.  The final time,  Jensen went to the SUV, gave her cell phone to Tyler to play with and engaged the childproof locks on the vehicle so Tyler could no longer open the door.

When Jensen returned to her vehicle, she drove away.  The man she was with saw her pulled over on Powderhorn Road a few minutes later,  with the back door open, the affidavit stated. That's when he stopped to render assistance. 

The man has not been charged in the case.

Last week, the Mesa County coroner said the brothers died from hyperthermia and the deaths were ruled an accident.   The sheriff's office conducted tests of the vehicle heating system at the approximate location it was originally parked and found it reached temps from 114 to 123 degrees after 30 minutes, depending on the setting of the fan and windows.

The affidavit states Jensen also admitted to the male friend that she smoked "weed" prior to his arrival.

Jensen was arrested at about 2 p.m. in North Fort Meyers at a family member's home. Her bond has been set at $150,000.

It was not clear if Jensen will fight extradition to Colorado.

Jensen’s husband, Eric, 26, died in a two-car accident Oct. 10,. 2012 in Garfield County. A Colorado State Patrol accident reports said Eric Jensen was driving north on Garfield County Road 319 on Oct. 10, when his vehicle lost control and rotated into oncoming, southbound traffic and collided with another vehicle driven by 37-year-old Justin Robinson of Rifle. The report said excessive speed on Jensen’s part was a contributing factor. Nobody else was in the vehicles.

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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