• Contributed photo by Young County Jail.
    Contributed photo by Young County Jail.

Graham woman indicted on murder charge

A Graham woman was arrested Sunday evening in relation to a Texas Ranger investigation into the February 2021 death of a 19-month-old child.

Geneva Leeann Lewis, 44, of Graham, was arrested Sunday, July 31, following a July grand jury indictment for the charge of murder of Jensen Lee Conner, Lewis’ foster child. According to the Young County Jail roster, Lewis was released on $50,000 bail later that day.

Lewis was also arrested earlier this year, on Monday, Jan. 31, on the charge of injury to a child, a 2nd degree felony. She was released the same day on $20,000 bail. According to the Jan. 28 arrest affidavit, Lewis allegedly “recklessly caused serious bodily injury” to Jensen by hitting his head “against a door frame and fracturing his skull.”

The charge stemmed from a Feb. 12, 2021 incident which occurred on Second Street in Graham. At approximately 12:32 p.m., the Graham Police Department, Young County Sheriff’s Office, Graham Fire Rescue, and Graham EMS responded to an emergency medical call in reference to an “unconscious and unresponsive” child, later identified as Jensen. According to the affidavit, Sgt. Daryl Bell, of GPD, was the first to arrive at the scene, and was met at the front door by Lewis, who was holding Jensen.

“As Sgt. Bell took possession of Jensen, Young County Sheriff’s Deputy Lt. Chris Moody, as well as Graham Fire Rescue arrived at the residence. Sgt. Bell, along with Graham Firefighter Pedro Ramirez, got into Lt. Moody’s unmarked patrol vehicle and transported Jensen to Graham Regional Medical Center. While en route to Graham Regional Medical Center, Sgt. Bell performed CPR on Jensen,” the affidavit states.

Life saving measures were performed on Jensen by emergency room staff at GRMC, and he was later transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth.

According to the affidavit, while officers were at GRMC, they spoke with Lewis, who informed the officers that she and her partner, Cassandra Collins, had been fostering Jensen for 14 months. She told the officers that after taking Cassandra to work, and their other children to school, she returned home with Jensen and their 16-year-old daughter.

“(Lewis) stated that (...) she, Jensen, and (her daughter) laid down to take a nap around 10:30 a.m. (Lewis) stated she woke up around 12:00 p.m. and noticed a blanket over Jensen’s face so she moved it and noticed he wasn’t breathing. (Lewis) stated she called Cassandra, who called 911, and (Lewis) started CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) on Jensen,” the affidavit states.

Three days after the incident, on Feb. 15, 2021, Jensen was pronounced dead at Cook Children’s Medical Center. An autopsy was performed at the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, and the cause of death was found to be blunt force injury of the head, the affidavit states.

During a Thursday, Jan. 20 interview, conducted by Texas Ranger Michael Shraub, Lewis stated that earlier in the day on Feb. 12, 2021, while holding Jensen, she exited her bedroom “in a hurried fashion and struck Jensen’s head very hard against the door frame.”

For the full story, see the Saturday, Aug. 6 edition of The Graham Leader.

The Graham Leader

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