On Saturday, November 9th, shortly after 7:00am, emergency personnel were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 Block of Hill Avenue on a report of an unresponsive child. Officers with the Grand Junction Police Department, along with medical personnel from the Grand Junction Fire Department, responded to the address and found a nine-year-old female child who was not conscious and not breathing. Sadly, the child was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Yesterday, as a result of a police investigation that has taken place since the incident, Jeffrey Beagley, 34, of Grand Junction, was arrested for Murder in the 1st Degree (F1), Child Abuse Resulting in Death (F2), and Reckless Manslaughter (F4), regarding the death of the 9-year-old child. Additionally, Beagley faces charges of Attempted Sex Assault on a Child by One in a Position of Trust (F4), Sexual Exploitation of Children (F4), and Invasion of Privacy for Sexual Gratification (F6). Beagley is in the custody of the Mesa County Detention Facility.
Information regarding the cause and manner of death of the victim will come from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office.
The arrest warrant in this case has been sealed.
Our hearts go out to all those who continue to grieve the loss of their loved one.