Relative wants custody of bodies

Stepgrandfather hires lawyer after 2nd boy dies

Heather Jensen and her young sons play in the fountains in downtown Grand Junction in this undated file photo take from Facebook. William, 2, died on Grand Mesa on Nov. 27. Tyler, 4, died Monday night after being taken off life support.



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Heather Jensen and her young sons play in the fountains in downtown Grand Junction in this undated file photo take from Facebook. William, 2, died on Grand Mesa on Nov. 27. Tyler, 4, died Monday night after being taken off life support.

The stepgrandfather of Tyler and William Jensen said Tuesday he has hired an attorney who plans to file emergency custody papers for the boys’ bodies this morning.

William, 2, died the night of Nov. 27 after allegedly spending an hour-and-a-half alone with his 4-year-old brother, Tyler, in their mother’s sport-utility vehicle on Grand Mesa. Tyler was flown to Children’s Hospital in Aurora following the incident but died at 11 p.m. Monday after he was taken off life support, according to stepgrandfather Robert Mathena.

Mathena said he wasn’t sure if the boys’ mother, Heather Jensen, was in the room when Tyler died. Heather Jensen told Mesa County sheriff’s investigators she left the boys in her car, which was parked off Powderhorn Road, while she met with a male friend Nov. 27. After she returned to the car, she said she found William was not breathing and Tyler struggling to breathe, according to court records.

Mathena said Heather Jensen told a family member she wants to cremate the boys’ bodies and scatter their ashes without having a funeral service. Mathena said he wants to have a funeral and burial for William and Tyler, which is why his new attorney, Gregory Leavitt, plans to file this morning for emergency custody of William and Tyler’s bodies and supervision of their estate.

Heather Jensen hired local attorney Ed Nugent to represent her last Friday in a separate emergency custody hearing. The Mesa County Department of Human Services was awarded custody of Tyler at that hearing. Magistrate Judge William McNulty ruled Heather Jensen was allowed to make supervised visits with Tyler through Dec. 11 if he had survived.

Mathena said he believes Jensen wants to move back to her native Florida.

“She thinks she’s going to get a ticket and that’s it,” Mathena said.



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