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Palisade mom whose kids died when left in SUV found guilty

Heather Jensen

(Photo: Mesa County Sheriff's Office)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Palisade mother whose children died from overheating when they were left in an SUV was found guilty by a jury Friday.

Heather Jensen, 25, was found guilty on two counts of child abuse resulting in death with negligence and false reporting regarding the deaths of her two sons, William, 2, and Tyler, 4, according to The Daily Sentinel.

She was not found guilty of criminally negligent homicide.

According to an arrest affidavit, Jensen strapped her two children in car seats and locked them in her Toyota 4Runner for 90 minutes while she had sex with a man in a truck parked nearby.

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Prosecution portrayed Jensen as a selfish liar who issued her two children a death sentence when she locked them in her vehicle while she went off to have sex.

Jensen’s lawyers said with an IQ that is borderline developmentally disabled, she was unable to understand the fatal risks she had put her children in.

Her sentencing is scheduled for March 21.

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