Boy Left in Vehicle Dies After Being Taken Off Life Support
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- Robert Mathena, the step-grandfather of Tyler Jensen, the boy who was fighting for his life in a Denver hospital, told NewsChannel 5 that as of 9 p.m. Monday, the decision was made to take Tyler off life support and since then, the child passed away.
According to Mathena, doctors at Children's Hospital in Denver released new results from tests done earlier Monday on the 4-year-old.
Those results showed that Tyler had extensive brain damage. It was so bad that those close to Tyler did not think it was conducive to keep him on life support.
Mathena says a collective decision among family members and doctors was made to shut it down.
The devastating news came nearly a week after Tyler's 2-year-old brother William did not survive when the two boys were found with severe medical issues in a vehicle on the Grand Mesa on Nov. 27.
According to reporting from the Daily Sentinel, who obtained a search warrant from the Mesa County sheriff's office, the boy's mother, Heather Jensen, admitted to leaving her sons in the vehicle while it was running as she met with a man in a nearby vehicle for 90 minutes.
Authorities have not yet determined whether this case will turn into a criminal investigation. Mathena reported Friday that doctors ruled out carbon monoxide poisoning for both Jensen boys.
Also on Friday, investigators served a search warrant at Jensen's home and took several items into custody.
A memorial fund has been set up for the young boys at U.S. Bank under the Tyler William Jensen Memorial Fund.