Shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Thursday (March 17) the Grand Junction Police Department was dispatched to the 3000 Block of North 14th Street on a report of a 3-year-old girl who was unconscious and not breathing.

Shortly after arriving, the GJPD, along with paramedics from the Grand Junction Fire Department found the little girl, Bethannie Jonhson, was deceased.

After hours of investigation, Bethannie's aunt and legal guarding, Shanna Gossett, 29, was arrested on the following charges.

  • Child Abuse Resulting in Death
  • Murder in the First Degree
  • Second Degree Kidnapping
  • False Imprisonment

The investigation of this case remains active and ongoing.