Jensen tragedy a continuing heartache for family

By: Christy Dimond Email
By: Christy Dimond Email

Just last week, the grandparents of William and Tyler Jensen were fighting for custody over four-year-old Tyler Jensen. Now, they're left fighting for custody over the boys' bodies.

Robert and Diane Mathena want custody of the boys' bodies to give them a "proper burial," since they said the boys' mother, Heather Jensen, has plans to cremate the bodies.

Tyler passed away Monday night just after 9 p.m. when Tyler was taken off life-support. Doctors at Children's Hospital in Denver had been treating Tyler for extensive liver, kidney and brain damage since last Tuesday's incident on the Grand Mesa when Mathena said Heather left the boys in her car for an hour and a half. Emergency responders found William dead upon their arrival.

A local attorney has offered to represent the Mathenas pro-bono.

"This shows what a great community we live in," Robert said.

The Mathenas are the parents of Eric Jensen, Tyler and William's father who died last month in a car accident. Robert told KKCO 11 News that Heather had cashed Eric's $50,000 life insurance check the same day her two-year-old was found dead in her car.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office today released information on this case just confirming Tyler's death, and stating "no arrests or arrest documents have been obtained, filed or executed" and that the case remains active and on-going.

The grandparents will be planning a vigil for William and Tyler sometime in the next two days. It will be held at Longs Park. KKCO 11 News will update you with this information as soon as it becomes available.


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