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Toddler’s death happened in driveway of man facing meth felonies

Jensen D. Voss, 2, died in Keyesport around 3 p.m. Monday after being struck by a car.
Jensen D. Voss, 2, died in Keyesport around 3 p.m. Monday after being struck by a car.

The Beckemeyer toddler struck and killed by a car in Keyesport died in the driveway of a man facing two pending meth charges.

Jensen D. Voss, 2, died Monday afternoon at 21919 Fourth St., where court records indicate Ryan N. Rensing resides. Efforts to save the child were unsuccessful.

Rensing, 43, has two pending charges of methamphetamine possession, from March and June, in Bond County. He was taken into custody again Wednesday on a warrant after he failed to appear at a July 19 hearing for one of the possession charges.

Rensing previously resided in Breese. He was released again on bail after making an appearance Thursday in Circuit Court in Bond County. During that appearance, Rensing’s lawyer, Tom Daley, informed the court that Rensing now resides at the Keyesport address.

Police seized Rensing’s 2008 Chevrolet Corvette in March after police reported finding an electronic scale with methamphetamine residue on it under the driver’s seat of the car, according to court documents. Bond County prosecutors initially sought to have the Corvette forfeited but later dropped the effort because of “the security interest and substantial debt owed to a third party” on the car.

Attempts to reach Rensing and his attorney, Tom Daley, were unsuccessful Thursday.

Clinton County Sheriff Doug Maue said that as of Thursday, no charges had been filed in connection with the child’s death. However, he said investigators were still looking to speak with a few people who had not shown up for interviews with police.

“We are still looking into different avenues and things — and right now I really can’t say because it is an ongoing investigation,” Maue said. “We have a couple people we have to (find) — we were supposed to meet with them, and they didn’t show up.”

Investigators said the toddler was in the car and climbed out when his mother was closing the rear hatch. She did not realize the boy wasn’t in the car and began to drive away.

Veronica Resa, spokeswoman for the state Department of Children and Family Services, said Voss’ mother is the subject of an investigation involving an allegation of neglect. The investigation was launched in response to the child’s death.

Resa noted that the agency has had no prior contact with the toddler’s family, and Maue said his department contacted DCFS as part of standard procedure involving the death of a child. The mother’s identity has not be released by police.

“She has been cooperating with us,” the sheriff said.

A family friend started a GoFundMe campaign Tuesday morning for the child’s funeral expenses. It had raised almost $5,000 as of Thursday morning and can be found at gofundme.com/jensens-final-expenses.

Voss’ funeral arrangements were pending as of Thursday, but condolences could be left on his memorial page at the Zieren Funeral Home.

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