Boy Left in Vehicle on Grand Mesa Fights For Life
KREX News Room
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- More details are emerging about what happened the night authorities discovered two small children in a dire situation on the Grand Mesa.
A 2-year-old boy was found dead, and his 4-year-brother was fighting for his life.
Now, the children's mother is offering a glimpse into what may have happened that night.
A search warrant obtained by the Daily Sentinel reveals the boys' mother, Heather Jensen, was the one who called 911 around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Jensen reportedly changed her story, but eventually admitted to taking her sons to Powderhorn while meeting a man.
She claimed she left them in the car and got into the man's truck for about 90 minutes.
It was when she returned that she said she noticed something was wrong, and her younger son wasn't breathing.
By the time authorities arrived, 2-year-old William Jensen had passed away.
Four-year-old Tyler was rushed to St. Mary's Hospital by CareFlight, then taken to a children's hospital in Denver.
NewsChannel 5 has been in touch with the children's step-grandfather, Robert Mathena, who said Tyler's chances of surviving are slim.
"His liver and kidneys are severely damaged. His liver is so damaged that he needs a liver transplant, but he's too weak for one. It's horrible, devastating, heartbreaking; my family's devastated," said Mathena.
Mathena said he will be in Mesa County Friday at 9 a.m. for a custody hearing.
He says his stepson is hoping to get custody of Jensen if his condition improves.
Officials say an autopsy has been completed on 2-year-old William Jensen, but it's unknown when those details will be released.
Mesa County sheriff's officials say this is still being considered a death investigation.
That could change when the cause and manner of death are released for the 2-year-old boy.