Jensen guilty of child abuse, false reporting in connection with sons’ deaths

Heather Jensen was convicted today on three of five counts, including two counts of child abuse resulting in death with negligence.

Jensen, 25, was found not guilty on two counts of criminally negligent homicide, and false reporting, in the deaths of sons William, 2, and Tyler, 4, who were left unattended in Jensen’s heating Toyota 4Runner on Nov. 27, 2012.

The jury, which started deliberations 9 a.m. Thursday before breaking for the day at 5 p.m. and returning again this morning, decided the case just before noon and their verdicts were read aloud in court at 12:15 p.m.

Prosecutors argued the boys were strapped into car seats with the heat running at its highest temperature setting for what could have been as much as 90 minutes, while Jensen had sex with a man in another vehicle nearby. They also argued she failed to perceive risks associated with keeping her kids strapped and locked into the truck while the heat circulated inside.

Jensen’s defense countered at trial that Jensen has a below average IQ, and wasn’t able to perceive the deadly risk of her actions.

Her sentencing is scheduled for March 21.

Read the full story in the Saturday edition of The Daily Sentinel.



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