Denver Teen Aunt Allegedly Smothered Nephew, 7; Hid Body: Police

DENVER, CO – More details emerged Tuesday about the arrest of Denver teen aunt Jennie Bunsom, 16, in connection with the death of her 7-year-old nephew Jordan Vong in Denver’s Montbello neighborhood. Bunsom told police she knocked her nephew off a bed and smothered him with her hand until he stopped moving, according to an arrest affidavit.

Jordan’s body was found Aug. 7, wrapped in blankets and a towel, in a portable closet in his aunt’s basement bedroom in a house at 4970 Fairplay St. Bunsom has been charged as an adult with the first-degree murder of Jordan, and child abuse.

In an interview with police, Bunsom said she was in her basement bedroom around 12:45 p.m. Aug. 6 and she was upset about having a verbal argument with a friend. Jordan entered her room and asked her to play video games with him, then lay down on her bed. Bunsom became upset and asked Jordan to leave her room and go back upstairs. He refused and she told police she pushed the child off her bed, “causing him to strike his face on the floor.” When he began to cry, Bunsom told investigators she “placed her hand over Jordan’s mouth and plugged his nose.” The child struggled for a “few minutes” then stopped moving, the affidavit said. Bunsom told police she pushed her nephew’s body under her bed. She told police she later wrapped him in blankets and placed him in the portable closet where the boy’s body was found.

Jordan’s face was covered with blood and “biological matter around his nose,” police reported, with an “unknown imprint” on his chest. The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner has not yet identified a cause of death, the office said in a press release Monday.

Bunsom’s next appearance in court will be Aug. 16, the DA’s office said.

Image via Denver District Attorney’s Office

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