Colorado woman wanted in deaths of 2 sons arrested in North Fort Myers
FOX 4 Staff
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NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lee County deputies arrested a Colorado woman wanted in connection with the death of her two boys, aged two and four
Heather Jensen, 24, was arrested at her mother's mobile home in North Fort Myers around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Jensen had been on the run since November after authorities say she left her kids alone, locked inside an SUV with the heat blasting for at least 40 minutes, so she could go have sex and smoke pot with a man she was having an affair with.
Temperatures inside the car could have been as high as 120 degrees when the two young boy's died of hyperthermia in Colorado.
"That's horrible," a neighbor said. "A horrible thing for the kids."
According to KREX-TV of Grand Junction, Colorado, Jensen left her boys, William Jensen and Tyler Jensen, in the SUV.
Jensen left her vehicle running literally roasting the boys while she was smoking marijuana and having sex, according to the Grand Junction Sentinel.
"As a parent myself, I just can't imagine that," said neighbor Mike Ballew. "I just can't imagine that my kids have always come first."
Ballew lives a few doors down from where Jensen was staying. He says she was quiet and only saw her and another man come out at night.
"They keep pretty much to themselves," said Ballew. "Which I understand why now."
Deputies got a tip Jensen, who was going by her maiden name Holesapple, was staying with her mother inside the River Trails mobile home community in North Fort Myers.
Ballew said she was staying there for about a month before she was captured.
A man inside the mobile home Jensen was staying at told Fox 4 we were trespassing and to go away.
"It's just really sad in this day and age," said Ballew, "That a parent could take more interest in having a sexual relation with somebody and smoking marijuana and allowing her kids to die."
Jensen was arrested in Lee County in 2009 for driving without a valid license and in 2006 for trespassing. Because of her connection to southwest Florida authorities figured Jensen might have fled here.
"In general we knew that there was a possibility she could be coming to Florida," said Lt. Larry King with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities took her into custody without any incident around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. She is now awaiting extradition back to Colorado.
"Naturally a crime of this nature is something that brings great satisfaction," said King, "in bringing resolution to fellow officers."
Jensen is facing two counts of child abuse resulting in death and is currently being held in the Lee County Jail on no bond awaiting extradition to Colorado.