Grandmother’s lawyer seeks social services records of Jensen boys

An attorney for the grandmother of the late Tyler and William Jensen is asking a Mesa County judge to force county authorities to allow inspection of social services records.

Attorney Greg Leavitt wrote documents lodged in a dependency and neglect case filed by the Mesa County Attorney’s Office, concerning the welfare of 4-year-old Tyler Jensen, could potentially bolster Leavitt’s arguments in a civil dispute over how to handle the boys’ remains.

“(Dependency and neglect case) and surrounding circumstances, may also provide information regarding (mother Heather Jensen’s) competency and willingness to act in the best interest of her deceased children,” the attorney wrote in a court motion.

The motion asks District Judge Thomas Deister to compel Mesa County to turn over the records, under seal, for inspection.

The county attorney’s office filed a neglect case against Heather Jensen as Tyler was still hospitalized with critical injuries following a Nov. 27 incident off Powderhorn Road on Grand Mesa. Jensen told investigators during an interview Nov. 27 that she left both boys inside her vehicle, with its engine still running, for approximately 90 minutes while she met nearby with a male friend in his vehicle, according to a search warrant affidavit.

She said she called 911 after the boys were sickened. William, 2, died at the scene, while Tyler died Dec. 3 after being removed from life support.

The case remains under investigation. Heather Jensen has not responded to requests for comment.

Deister granted an injunction, blocking a bid by Heather Jensen to cremate the remains, which remain in the custody of Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. Diane Mathena has said she wants the children buried next to their father, Eric, in Palisade.

Mathena, in a separate case, has asked the judge for a determination of her rights to decide final disposition of the remains.


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