Boys’ aunt: Facts in case are beyond her grasp
Heather Jensen’s arrest and revelations about how her children died were “like reopening a wound,” Jensen’s older sister said.
“The circumstances surrounding (William and Tyler Jensen’s) deaths have just made me realize that I do not even know my own sister,” said Tanya Scott, 37, a resident of Tampa, Fla.
“I thought that the grief of losing her husband may have been the cause of much of this, but to learn that her boyfriend moved in two days after Eric’s death blew me away, and to find out she was also cheating on her new boyfriend is just beyond my grasp.”
She added, “This is not the Heather I knew ... she was always a little immature but not to this extent.”
Scott and Heather Jensen’s father, William Hayes Holesapple, 59, was killed in January 2010 in what a Florida police investigation ruled a bizarre accident.
Scott said her last conversation with her sister was shortly after the death of Heather’s husband, Eric, 26, who was killed in a traffic accident Oct. 10 in Garfield County.
The family has remained estranged. Heather’s mother, Sherry Holesapple, made threats to take out a restraining order against Scott stemming from a dispute on payout of William Holesapple’s life insurance policy, Scott claims.
Scott said she hadn’t heard anything from Heather Jensen since she left Mesa County for her mother’s home in North Fort Myers, Fla. Heather Jensen, 24, was arrested there Wednesday on a Mesa County warrant for suspicion of two counts criminally negligent homicide, two counts of child abuse resulting in death with negligence, and one count of false reporting.
An arrest warrant affidavit alleges she was having sex with a man in his truck Nov. 27 on Grand Mesa while her sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4, were overheating in her nearby Toyota 4Runner.
Scott believes her sister didn’t understand the danger she’d created.
“She’s from Florida ... we never have to use our heat out here,” she said.
Records reviewed by The Daily Sentinel showed Jensen left the state in violation of the terms of her probation relating to a domestic violence arrest. She’d flunked three court-ordered drug tests for marijuana and opiates in the months leading up to the Nov. 27 incident and failed to show up for meetings with her caseworker at least twice before her sons’ deaths.
“She’ll have to live with the choices that she made and the outcome of those choices for the rest of her life,” Scott said. “I feel sorry for her.”