Shortly before 8:00am on Thursday morning, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the 3000 Block of North 14th Street on a report of a three year old female that was not conscious and not breathing. Officers, along with paramedics with the Grand Junction Fire Department, arrived on scene and found the child to be deceased. The victim in this case has been identified as Bethannie Johnson. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office release is attached.
After hours of interviews and investigation, Shanna Gossett, 29, was arrested on charges of Child Abuse Resulting in Death (F2), Murder in the First Degree (F1), Second Degree Kidnapping (F2), and False Imprisonment (F5). Gossett is Bethannie’s aunt, and legal guardian.
The investigation into this case remains active and ongoing. Our hearts are heavy for those that loved Bethannie.