Name of teen accused of killing 7-year-old Jordan Vong released Tuesday

Posted at 9:03 AM, Aug 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-14 15:48:58-04

DENVER — The name of the 16-year-old who is accused of killing her 7-year-old nephew has been released.

According to the new documents, Jennie Bunsom was charged with first-degree murder after deliberation and first-degree murder by a person in a position of trust (victim under the age of 12) in the death of 7-year-old Jordan Vong. Bunsom is his aunt and Contact7 Investigates confirmed she lived in the same house as him.

Bunsom was arrested on the morning of Aug. 8 on investigation on a first-degree murder charge after the boy’s body was discovered inside his family’s home on Aug. 7. The boy's family reported him missing around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 after they couldn't find him for 45 minutes. 

Bunsom told police that around 12:45 p.m. she was in her basement bedroom and upset after an argument with her girlfriend. Vong went down to the bedroom and asked to play video games with her. He became upset when she refused and laid on her bed. She pushed him off, hit his face on the ground and he started to cry. 

She “placed her hand over Jordan's mouth and plugged his nose as Jordan began to struggle for a few minutes," the statement read. When he stopped moving, she put the body under her bed and called her girlfriend to tell her she had killed Vong. The girlfriend told Bunsom she had to hide the body and that she should wrap him in a blanket and put him in one of the home's two portable closets in her bedroom, according to the documents. Bunsom did so and didn't tell her family what had happened because she was afraid, the documents read. 

It is unknown if the girlfriend will face charges as well. 

Police found the body the next day after executing a search warrant to enter Vong's family's Montbello home. He had been missing for more than 24 hours. 

While Bunsom's juvenile hearing is still scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, the district attorney's office said her appearance will be waived and the juvenile case will be dismissed in light of the adult direct filing.

The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner said Monday that it is working to determine Vong's cause of death

Friends and family members held a candlelight vigil for the boy Wednesday.