For seven years, 25-year-old Addie Jensen and her boyfriend Josh Dow had what’s described as a “rocky relationship.”
The Minnesota couple had a baby girl, Chloe, but they would often fight and break up. Eventually, Jensen and her daughter moved in with her parents. It would be only weeks afterwards, in November 2015, Minneapolis’s WCCO reports, that the young mom would disappear, never to be seen again.
Though Dow is currently serving an 8 year sentence for a disturbing connection to her disappearance, he’s filed for custody of young Chloe, something that Jensen’s parents — currently raising the child — intend to fully fight. However, the law may very well be on his side.
— Jennifer Mayerle (@jennifermayerle) June 22, 2016
Though Dow initially said he knew nothing of Jensen’s disappearance — even filing a missing persons report alongside her parents on November 21st — police would later hear a very different, and gruesome, account of what happened.
A day after Dow filed that report, his brother would inform authorities that he had helped Dow move Jensen’s dead body out of their Minneapolis home, claiming that Dow told him she had shot herself in front of him.
When confronted, Dow admitted that — after they had moved the body — he returned to dismember it, then took “the parts, and put them in the garbage in Minneapolis in different garbage cans.”
Though he never told police where he disposed of the body — and it’s never been found — he claimed that he had done it all to ensure that their daughter would never “know that her mom killed herself.”
(1/2) Per Court docs, Joshua Dow allegedly admitted to a witness that he dismembered and disposed of Adelle Jensen. pic.twitter.com/mEqtrUa2MT
— Jack Highberger (@JackHighberger) December 1, 2015
Not charged with murder due to lack of evidence, Dow’s petition for joint custody of Chloe with Jensen’s parents may very well be granted, as courts often side with a child’s parents in such disputes.
It’s a notion that doesn’t sit right with Addie’s father David Jensen:
“I don’t know how I can hand our granddaughter over to the man who cut up and threw her mother away. How can you let him have parenting time for what he did.”
A local law firm has taken up the Jensen’s case pro bono, and filed a petition Tuesday to terminate Dow’s parental rights so that the couple can fully adopt their granddaughter.
The grandparents have asked that anyone with information about their daughter’s death to come forward, in hopes that it will help in their legal battle.
Parents of Addie Jensen ask anyone who has information about her death/days leading up to it in Nov. 2015 to email JusticeforAddie@gmail.com
— Jennifer Mayerle (@jennifermayerle) June 23, 2016
In that instance, Simpson was ultimately granted custody of the 2 children he shared with victim Nicole Brown — though Brown’s parents fought against it. Simpson was later found liable in a civil case and ordered to pay $25 million in punitive damages to both Brown’s and friend Ron Goldman’s families.
As custody specialist Maryanne LaGuardia explained it at the time:
“The standard is that the parent gets custody unless you can prove by clear and convincing evidence that it would be detrimental to the children.”
If Dow continues to contest the Jensen’s petitions for sole custody of Chloe, the case will go to court later this summer.
At that time, the courts would have to decide whether or not there is such evidence, and who is best fitted to raise the young girl without a mother.