As far as Ryan Rensing knows, there weren’t any drugs being done at his home the day a 2-year-old was struck and killed by a car in Rensing’s driveway.
Rensing, who lives in the 20000 block of Fourth St. in Keyesport, said he was asleep when Jensen D. Voss was struck Monday afternoon by the car, which was driven by the child’s mother. Rensing said he slept until he heard the chaos after Jensen was struck.
“I didn’t know what I woke up to; it’s horrible,” Rensing said. “I went outside, I kind of froze up, I couldn’t get real close. Everybody was in panic mode. ... I’ve never been in a situation quite like that.”
The toddler’s mom was at Rensing’s home that day with another woman — who is a mutual friend — just hanging out, Rensing said. Rensing said hadn’t seen or talked to the child’s mother the whole day.
As for what happened, he has no clue, he said. Police say the toddler’s mom put him in the car, then went around to close the rear hatch. She didn’t realize Jensen had crawled out of the car, and she began to drive away. The boy’s mom and another witness tried to do CPR to revive him but were not successful.
Rensing, 43, has two pending charges of methamphetamine possession, from March and June, in Bond County. The second woman at his home the day Jensen died also has a pending meth case in Bond County.
Rensing wouldn’t say if anyone has ever used meth at his residence in the past. But he added, “There aren’t gangs of people doing meth here.”
As of Friday evening, no charges had been filed in connection with the child’s death, said Clinton County Circuit Clerk Rod Kloeckner.
Veronica Resa, spokeswoman for the state Department of Children and Family Services, said Jensen’s mother is the subject of an investigation involving an allegation of neglect. The investigation was started in response to her son’s death. DCFS has had no prior contact with the family, Resa said. The sheriff’s department contacted the agency as part of standard procedure involving the death of a child.
Police have not released the identity of the child’s mother but say she resides in Beckemeyer. A woman who is believed to be the child’s mother, based on social media, has never been charged with drug-related offenses in Clinton or Bond counties.
Jensen’s funeral arrangements were pending as of Friday, but condolences can be left on his memorial page at the Zieren Funeral Home.
BND reporter Dana Rieck contributed to this story.