Jennifer Bennett's Mother Speaks

By Nate Crossett

Denise Saunders, the mother of Jennifer Bennet, whose body was found behind the Deerfield Firehouse on Thursday, sat down with NEWSChannel 2 to talk about her daughter.  Denise says the Jennifer she knew was a stark contrast from the woman portrayed in the mugshot release.

Denise Saunder says she last saw her daughter, Jennifer, on Sunday afternoon. Sometime between then and Tuesday night, her body ended up behind the Deerfield Firehouse.  

Jennifer Bennet's family describes her as a bubbly person who loved music, dancing, and her family.  A victim of drug addiction, Bennett had fallen on hard times.

Saunders says Jennifer, her middle child, was respectful and kind to others. She was a graduate of Proctor High School and married with three children.

"The mugshot, the portrayal of a prostitute, that is not the only aspect of her life. She's very bubbly and very giving, and people have no right to judge her," says Saunders

Bennett had been fighting a war between drug addiction and the struggle to raise her family.  It's a battle that apparently became too much.

She made the ultimate sacrifice as a mother and put her children first, giving custody to her mother where she knew they would be safe. Saunders now has the duty of be grieving mother and caregiver.

"It is twice as painful because I lost a daughter. I had to tell my grandchildren who lost a mother while my heart is already breaking.  Whatever, whomever did anything, they will be found. I will turn over every stone. The police are going to get to the bottom, and I know they will."

In the meantime Denise knows that her grandchildren are left lessons from a battle lost. "Never do drugs, and neither one of them would even think of it...just to be kind to people, respectful to everyone."

And in the big brown eyes of Jennifer's youngest child, is a hope for a bright future and a memory of a mother's warm smile. Saunders says when they found out Jennifer had died, the tight knit family camped out in the living room together so they could be close.

Right now the family is in the process of making funeral arrangements.

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