Jordan Amber Gonsioroski
- July 15, 2006
A Grave Memorial
For over four hours, Jordan Amber
Gonsioroski lay in
need of help, medically, and the people who SHOULD have helped
get it, didn't. Jason G. Gonsioroski, Jordan's father and Julie Ann
his girlfriend who lived with them, put Jordon into a bathtub full of
that reached 148 degrees which caused her to suffer second degree
burns over 73 percent of her body. When
found by the police, Sheriff Bruce Anderson said she was in an altered
and unconscious state and her body was badly burned.
and charged with abetting second degree murder while committing child
or endangerment. Each of them was given a $1 million dollar bond:
they both were
aware that the girl was grievously hurt by the hot scalding water,
to help her"
reveal that Julie,
who was a medical assistant, called 911 about 2:35 a.m. saying that
was ill and had been vomiting. Julie claimed that Jordon had
herself a bath around 1::00 a.m.. By midnight that night, Jordon was
already, according to the coroners report. Rescue workers were
when they tried to revive
police arrived at their home,
Jordon was already
cold and was not responsive to them. They attempted to revive her
times and were not able to do so. Court papers said that the burns
had on her body would have resulted in excessive fluid and electrolyte
loss and would eventually cause death. The Forensic Pathologist who
the autopsy on Jordon said that if she had received the right kind of
attention, she would not have died from her injuries.
autopsy also showed that as well
as the burns
on her body, there were bruises on the back and front of her head and
was said by the Pathologist to be an acute scratch near her upper chest
and neck. The autopsy also revealed that Jordon was most likely in an
state of consciousness, if not already unconscious at the time she was
placed in the tub. It was later learned that the water could reach a
of 148 degrees within two minutes of being turned on and that Jason and
Julie were both aware of that fact.
two people were cooperating with the police and Jason was high when he
was found hiding in a shed, claiming he had a fear of the police. Jason
was locked inside the shed with a padlock on the outside.
living in the
home were three other children, ages seven, three and two. These
had apparently not been harmed in any way and they appeared to be
An aunt said that these children were favored over Jordon and they were
never punished the way that she was. Those children were removed and
into protective custody.
crime had Jordon
committed in order to receive this death sentence? She was hungry so
stuffed chips into her clothing so that she could eat them later. At
time of her death, Jordon was found to be malnourished.
apparently. never been an easy one. A year before she went to live with
her father, Jordon was removed from her mothers home due to suspected
abuse at the hands of her mothers boyfriend. Amanda Johnson denies that
anything of that nature ever took place.
to the fact that
she died, the charges of rape, which Jordon had said happened to her at
the hands of her mothers boyfriend, were dropped. Since Jordon was not
alive and able to testify, Randy Johnson will never have to answer to
charges that he raped this little girl.
the home of her mother was something that was supposed to improve her
conditions. Had anyone bothered to ask Jordon, they would have found
life got worse for her when she went to live with her father and his
Punishments included being spanked, doing jumping jacks and having her
mouth washed out with soap for up to ten minutes at a time.
with her father
was supposed to be better for Jordan Gonsioroski. Court documents say
the last year she was repeatedly punished with spankings, sets of
jacks and having her mouth scrubbed out with soap for 20 minutes at a
July of 2006,
Jason and Julie were in court showing no emotion at all for what they
done and what was going on. In court it was revealed that the water in
the tub was so hot, Jordon's skin had peeled off. Julie's lawyer said
she was no involved in what had happened to Jordon, that she had been
dishes at the time that
put into the tub.
of the court,
Jordon's family members were upset and crying about what had happened
her. At the hearing were the sisters of Jason. They were angry that
had not done anything to help his daughter get the help she needed:
through more in her 10 years than I have been through in my 33 years.
way to die"
August of 2006,
Jason George Gonsioroski, who was 26 years old at that time and and
Ann Meier, who was 25 at that time, both plead guilty to murder, though
each of them pointed the finger at the other claiming they didn't do
was done to her. A jury would decide their fate at a later date.
for second degree murder in the state of Minnesota is 15 years.
Paul Young filed court papers to double that time to 30 years due to
aggravating factors. A U.S. Supreme Court ruling states that a jury,
a judge, would have to decide if that sentence could be doubled. Judge
2007 trial date. A 12 person jury would make the final decision
Court, Julie said
that Jason had put Jordon into the tub and when Jordon told him it was
too hot, he made her stay in for ten minutes any way. Jason said it was
Julie who had put Jordon into the tub and that he was cleaning house
outside smoking pot with his friends when the scalding took place.
Julie also claimed that Jason would not allow her to use the phone and
that was why she didn't call for help earlier.
court, Paul Young brought up the
fact that Jason's
seven year old son had commented to a therapist, who was treating him
post-traumatic stress, that his father and Julie had hurt Jordon that
and made her cry. Paul asked Jason if his son was an honest child and
said that he was.
June 14, 2007, Jason George
Gonsioroski was sentenced
to 30 years in prison. However, under a stupid Minnesota law, he could
be eligible for parole after only 19 years behind bars. Parole would be
accompanied by ten years of supervised release. THAT'LL teach
The sentencing judge said he didn't know who had been the one to
submerge Jordon in the scalding water, he did say:
"It is clear Jordan was
assaulted, and the
defendant did nothing to help her or call for medical
assistance that could have saved
March 1, 2007, Julie Ann Meier,
plead guilty to
one count of second degree murder. Under her plea
agreement, Julie could serve as little
as 15 years
in prison. Paul Young could have asked for 30 years, though he did not
say if he would seek that amount of time.
July 23, 2007, Julie was sentenced
to 22 1/2 years in prison, since she was given credit for 374 days
served in jail after her arrest, she will spend about 15 years in
and then be on supervised release for about seven years.
you to Peter for providing
me with this
is shocking to me that the
sentences handed down
in this and many other cases involving these children who are abused to
death are so light. In my opinion, ANYONE who kills a child
abusing them, should be in prison until the day they die.
was very happy, very smart,
she loved being
with me and Grandma"
the best, that's all I can
Posted Online: 7/26/06
Amber Gonsioroski was born on
1996 in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. She tragically died on July 15, 2006 at
the young age of 10.
is survived by her mother
Amanda (Randy) Johnson
of Braham; sisters Maranda, 3, Candance, 2, and Bailey, 3; brothers
age 1 and Jason Jr, age 7; grandparents Sharon and James Voigt of
John and Lila Johnson of Braham, Diane (Scott) Hengtgen and Richard and
Susan Gonsioroski of Blaine; great- grandparents Duane and Shirley of
Bethel, and Melvern and Florence Cohen of Isanti;
Ann Meyer of East Bethel; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
of Christian Burial was held on
24 at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham with Deacon Don
and Father Nicholas Zimmer officiating. Casketbearers were Tommy Voigt,
Shawn Voigt, Jake Johnson and Jeff Leach. Private interment will be
at a later date.
with Rock Mankie Burial
Service, Braham, MN.
Occurred in the state of Minnesota
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