Tyler Jensen taken off life-support

By: Christy Dimond Email
By: Christy Dimond Email

Robert Mathena, the step-grandfather of William and Tyler Jensen, has confirmed to KKCO 11 News that Tyler has been taken off life support at Children's Hospital in Denver.

This comes after the tragic incident last week atop the Grand Mesa that also claimed the life of Tyler's two-year-old brother, William.

His grandparents, Robert and Diane Mathena, said goodbye to Tyler over speaker phone just moments after Tyler was taken off life support. Now, they are looking for answers and looking for justice.

"It's a never ending nightmare," said Robert. "It's a rollercoaster ride. One minute you're OK and the next minute you're not."

The Mathenas are seeking justice for what they believe was a tragedy that didn't have to happen. They blame the boys' mother, Heather Jensen.

"Honestly, I think she drugged them," Robert said. "Evil is evil, that's all I can say."

Robert said Heather was "very negligent, and very abusive for sure."

"They're just babies, and she has no regard for life at all," Diane said.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office refuses to release any information on the case. Public Information Officer Heather Benjamin said the case remains active and ongoing, and is currently being treated as a medical investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

Neighbors of Heather's said they witnessed investigators search Heather's apartment Friday evening from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. before leaving with three "white bags" filled with items.

A friend of the Mathenas' has set up collection jars throughout the Grand Valley to raise money to cover medical bills and funeral expenses for William and Tyler. The money will be distributed only to the Mathenas.

You can also donate to the "Tyler William Jensen Memorial Fund" at any US Bank branch.

Locations of the collection jars include:
- O'Reilly's Auto Parts, Clifton
- Naggy McGee's, Grand Junction
- Munchie's, Fruita
- Judy's Family Resaurant, Fruita
- Palisade Cafe, Palisade

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