didn't have to die of starvation, in 2012,
his mother, Jessica Lee Jensen and
stepfather, Charles Jensen, were arrested
and charged with extreme measures of child
abuse. Aidan had been sick his entire life,
suffering from a growth hormone deficiency
which could have been controlled with
treatments at the Doctors office. Aidan
never received those treatments and he grew
thinner and thinner and was taken out of
school with his parents claiming they were
going to home school him, that never
happened. Aidan's biological father had died
and was not around to protect him.
Aidan told about the life he had been
living with her mother and stepfather.
Aidan told of how he had eaten toothpaste,
was locked in a room covered with feces
and trash with boarded up windows. Aidan
spoke of how his ankles and wrists were
zip tied to the bed post and he was forced
to stand for days at a time as well as
being locked in a closet with no way of
knowing how long he had been in there:
right hand was cuffed to my left leg and
my left had was chained to my right leg.
say, "You look like an Ethiopian" and
I'm like, well, I'm on the diet of an
Ethiopian. I need
certain amount of calories and nutrients
and I'm not getting very much of that.
Then my dad would
"I have no pity for you""
that she was not to blame for what
happened to her son and had not helped in
the abuse, that Charles had been the one
to do abuse her son. Jessica was sent home
and unfortunately, Aidan was sent back to
live with her.
12, 2014, that mistake would become all
too evident when Jessica called 911 to
tell them her son had passed away. When
Police got to the home, it soon became
evident that this child had been dead for
several days and rigor mortise had already
begun to set in. Aidan, who was 13
years old, looked to be about the size of
a two year old he weighed only 21 pounds
at the time of his death. Jessica claimed
that Aidan had eaten some oatmeal that
day, but had not been able to keep it
Police Officer Jason Cartier got to the
home, Jessica was sitting on the couch
holding a small child and she told Jason
that the child was dead, Jason noted that
she didn't seem to be upset and in fact
appeared to be overly calm. Jason wanted
to try CPR, but Aidan's mouth would not
open due to rigor mortise. Aidan had
visible bones as well as joints and
bruises could be seen on his body. Jessica
claimed that her son had only been dead
for about half an hour before she called.
An autopsy showed that Jessica was lying.
State Medical Examiner, William Jassello,
said that Aidan died from starvation due
to untreated juvenile appetite disorder.
Aidan had no signs of of having vomited
before his death and the autopsy showed
that he had not eaten for several days.
Investigators said that this was the most
horrifying case of child abuse that they
had ever been witness to. Jessica had lied
when she said she had been taking good
care of her son. The cause of death for
Aidan was listed as homicide.
Police that Aidan had a growth hormone
problem, but she had not taken him to the
doctor for hormone treatments prescribe to
him in 2006, since the early part of 2008
because she believed she could help him on
her own and cure his problem.
Jensen, who was 35 years old at the time,
was arrested and charged with child abuse
to the age of the child, it's extremely
faced charges of felony child abuse or
neglect of a child in connection to two
other children who were aged seven and 14.
Jessica was accused of failing to provide
proper education for the children as well
as failing to provide a bedroom for them
in the home that was disgustingly dirty
with garbage and smelled like feces. The
two remaining children were removed from
the home and placed with family members.
One child, a daughter, could not spell her
own name and wasn't sure how old she was.
In the home, where Jessica claimed to have
been home schooling her children, Police
found a shelf that had materials for
teaching, though all of the books were for
an elementary level of school. Relatives
told Police that when they tried to talk
to Jessica about the condition Aidan was
in, she cut them off and wouldn't allow
them to see the children. WHY
DIDN'T THEY CALL CPS!?!
March 29, 2015
an e-mail from a man saying he was
Aidan's Uncle who told me me that
family members DID call CPS and that
CPS did nothing to help Aidan. I hope
that CPS and the Judge are made to pay
for what happened to this young man.
It's time to start making Judges and
others who fail children, pay for not
taking care of them and allowing them
to suffer in the way they do.
Jensen said that he had not been in
control over the children in the home
since 2005, he had no say in how they were
treated or how they were being raised.
Jessica would get angry and attack him
when he would bring up Aidan's medical
DIDN'T HE CALL CPS!?! I think
Charles is just as much to blame as
Jessica, telling the child he had no pity
for him? What is that all about? What kind
of heartless jerk says that to a child who
is obviously in distress? Why isn't he
being prosecuted for his part in the death
of this child?
bond was set at $250,000. cash and if
found guilty of homicide, she could be
facing life in prison.
OBITUARY: (note, this
obituary incorrectly listed Aidan's birth
as being in 2011, I changed it to reflect
the correct date of 2001)
June 18, 2001
- January 12, 2014
born on June 18, 2001 and passed away on
Sunday, January 12, 2014.
a resident of Kenmare, North Dakota.
Services will be held.
March 28, 2015
doing a check to see if Jessica had been
to court yet, I found the following
In November of 2014, reports said that
results from a mental health evaluation
had not been available and a trial that
was supposed to happen, would be delayed
until Spring of 2015. Defense Lawyer Tyler
Morrow indicated that he should the
results show that Jessica is fit to stand
trial, he will ask for another,
independent evaluation of his client:
on the outcome, there actually is
already, through the indigent
council, an independent evaluator
Jessica had plead not guilty to
murder, child neglect and failure to
report the death of a child. Bob
Martin was another Defense Lawyer for
Jessica and his argument was that
Jessica may very well have neglected
Aidan's medical needs, but she did not
deliberately starve him to death.
So once again we have a child who has
died and we have Defense Lawyers
trying to make excuses for those who
caused that death. Why should it
matter if she "deliberately" starved
him to death or not? She didn't feed
him enough to keep him alive, what's
the difference? She could clearly SEE
that something was not right, she
didn't take him to the Doctor for
several years, according to Police
reports. She didn't do much to HELP
him as far as I can see. Aidan's own
that he was being abused and whoever
send him back to live with these evil
parents has his life on their hands.
A deadline for a pretrial conference was
set by Judge Gary Lee, for March 9, 2015.
I am unable to find any information about
that pretrial conference having taken
January 12, 2016 (Thank
you Margaret for this update)
Please allow me to apologize for my
absence for the past nine months. After
three surgeries and months of recovery, I
am only now beginning to be able to give
some attention to the children. I feel
horrible about this, but there isn't much
I can do.
In October of 2015 Jessica Lee Jensen was
36 years old when she was sentenced to 25
years in prison after she admitted she had
deprived Aiden of medical care, she also
said she was not responsible for his
murder. Jessica will have to serve at
least 21 years in prison before she can go
before a parole board.
A plea agreement will stop Jessica from
having any contact with her other two
children and hopefully allow the family to
have some closure and be able to move on
with their lives. Judicial District Judge
Gary Lee said:
sentence lets this poor child rest in
Defense Attorney Tyler Morrow described
this trial as the imperfect storm siting
that Jessica suffered from mental health
issues and she had attempted suicide in
the past. Attorney Tyler Morrow also added
that there had been financial issues along
with drug abuse in the home which made it
hard for Jessica to be a good parent to a
child with extreme needs.
Jessica said that on the day of his death,
she was sleeping in the same bed with
Aiden and when she woke up, she saw that
foam was coming out of his mouth and nose:
tring CPR and then I just held him.
It's hard knowing that
child died in your arms and there
was nothing that you could
it. I know that I did neglect, but
for them to call it
that tears your soul out"
Jessica plead guilty to a charge of murder
which is a Class AA felony, she acknowledged
that she had not sought medical attention for
Aiden and as a result of that, Aiden had died.
In fact, records would show that Aiden had not
seen a doctor since 2008:
sorry that I didn't get the help I needed
to care for my
or myself. Maybe he would still be here.
I'm sorry to
that I've hurt"
Jessica plead guilty to abuse or neglect
of a child which is a Class C felony and
the result of her failing to provide a
proper education for her remaining
children and forcing them to live in what
was describes as near feral living
conditions. Aiden and one of his siblings
had not been to school since may of 2009
and the youngest child who was of the age
where she should have been in school,
could not spell her name and didn't even
know how old she was:
parents I know would give their own
limbs or even live
lives to prevent serious harm to their
children. Yet, Ms.
allowed one child to die and kept two
others as if
were wild animals"
District Judge Gary Lee
Gary Lee gave a sentence of 40 years
with 15 suspended and Jessica will
have to serve supervised probation and
register as on offender of children,
hopefully for the rest of her life.
After the hearing, Jessica claimed
responsibility though she added that
she had reached out to family members
as well as her ex-husband for help:
After the hearing, Jensen she said
accepts responsibility, but said she
had reached out to her ex-husband and
other family members for help:
was mentally broken. I would have
days where I'd black out. I asked
help several times. I said I
needed someone to take them"
Jessica also said that she was glad
that the case was over and that there
had been no need for a jurors who
might have been traumatized by the
pictures of her sons autopsy, adding
that she had seen them, wishing that
Family members of her ex-husband
attended the hearing and they were
quoted as saying they were happy with
the sentence and that they had all
been spared a trial. The remaining
children who were 16 and 18 by this
time were said to be doing well:
wanted closure for the children"
Heidel - Stepgrandmother
Jessica claims that she was not aware
that the Judge would not allow her to
see her remaining children adding that
she wants to be in contact with them
in the future:
would tell them how sorry I am and
I'd tell them I love them and
I never meant for any of this to
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