Arrest Made in Death of Child #GVCopBeat

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GOSSETTShortly 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.

C16-134 Johnson, B Media Release


12 thoughts on “Arrest Made in Death of Child #GVCopBeat

    Jessica said:
    March 18, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    My heart hurts for this poor baby girl. May you rest in peace and with angels precious baby girl 😦

    sweet1cj said:
    March 18, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    so very sad for this little baby girl , May God hold her close and show her the love she do deserves.

    jim81501 said:
    March 18, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Another child dead. For what reasons I can not fathom. It hurts me to think about this 3 year old girl, her short journey and the terrible road she had to travel. Senseless. So very very sad.

    Michelle said:
    March 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    What about Rebekah willin she was there thought it and her why isn’t she in jail too

    Lenna sadler said:
    March 18, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    That is so sad there are so many people that want children and can’t have them may the baby RIP God bless her

    why???? said:
    March 18, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    What happened to the other 3 children in the home and Shanna’s girlfriend?

    why???? said:
    March 18, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    What happened to the other 3 children in the house and the girlfriend of Shanna.

    Isabel Vette said:
    March 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    What is happening to these children is so wrong the punishment need to be more harsh these child abusers need the death penalty! for a little angel to be abused like this is so sick prayers to the Angel and the police who have to see something so sad 😞

    Misty lake said:
    March 18, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    This was my baby niece that passed…I believe shanna had help in this murder!! It would be nice to get some answers as to why shanna is the only one in custody at this time..I have known shanna along time and as well as her partner I also know I asked to take bethannie for awhile for them to get things in order but that didn’t happen.and now this poor baby is gone and only one in costody..Thank you if you can help…from bethannies loving auntie!!!

    Jaycie Claire said:
    March 19, 2016 at 11:27 am

    So sad that our legal system allow legal guardianship simply based on blood and not sanity. Too many children are paying the price. There has to be a better way. RIP baby girl.

    Laura ross said:
    March 19, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Omg !!! When is the violence against children going to stop ?. Are you aware that they are angels sent here for us to love….this is hard to hear
    May God take you where no one can ever hurt you again

    Wendi Lewis said:
    March 24, 2016 at 10:05 am

    The loss of my beloved neice is so sad and devastating. She will be missed and kept in our hearts forever. I love you Bethany you will be missed and forever in our hearts. Rest in peace my lil angel

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