Heather Jensen arrested in deaths of two children left in up to 145 degree heat
In Colorado, we know the term "hypothermia," a condition denoting dangerously low body temperature. Less commonly heard in these parts is "hyperthermia" -- suffering from an abnormally high body temp. But a coroner has determined that William and Tyler Jensen, ages two and four, died of the latter after being left in a car with the heat blasting. And their mom, Heather Jensen, has been busted as a result. Details and the arrest affidavit below.
Big photos below.
We first told you about the incident in a November post. As we reported, Heather, a resident of Palisade, on Colorado's Western Slope, called authorities at 6:31 p.m. on November 27 to report that William was unconscious and Tyler suffered from labored breathing that caused him to sputter as he tried to take in air.
Emergency personnel rushed to help, but they were too late to save William, who was pronounced dead at the scene. For his part, Tyler was still alive, but barely. He was initially rushed to Saint Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction before being transferred to Children's Hospital in Denver in critical condition. However, he died a few days later.
A look at the SUV where the tragedy took place courtesy of Fox31.
Heather initially told Mesa County Sheriff's Office deputies that she'd traveled with the kids to the Powderhorn ski resort, approximately a half-hour's drive from Palisade, and allowed the pair to play in the snow there. Afterward, she said she put them in their car seats and revved up her vehicle, a Toyota 4Runner. She then stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, at which point she was engaged in conversation by a friend who drove by. Ten minutes or so passed, at which point she climbed into the SUV and started for home, only to be stopped short by the sound of Tyler's gurgling.
An older shot of the boys from Heather Jensen's Peek You page.
She reacted by pulling over and checking on the boys -- and when she learned William wasn't breathing at all, she dialed 911. The operator sent out the alert, then instructed her on performing CPR, but to no avail.
Later, though, Heather changed key aspects of her tale, as documented in the aforementioned affidavit.
Continue to read more about the death of two-year-old William Jensen.