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Police: Argument Over Pajamas Leads to Three-Year-Old Child's Death

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The Jasper County Prosecutor's office has filed two charges against 22-year-old Jalen Vaden:  Abuse or Neglect of a Child Resulting in Death, a felony; and Second Degree Murder.

Investigators with the Carl Junction Police Department responded on Nov. 27 to the home of three-year-old Jayda Kyle, where she was found unresponsive in her bedroom. 

According to police, Vaden was the boyfriend of Kyle's mom.  Investigators describe Vaden as a "live-in boyfriend."

According to investigators, Vaden was upset that Kyle hadn't put on her pajamas, as he told her to do.  Investigators say Vaden threw Kyle to the floor, causing her to hit her head on the floor. 

Investigators say "a short time later," Kyle left her bedroom without her pajamas.  Investigators say "short time later," Vaden threw Kyle on her bed.  

Investigators say "a short time later," Vaden still saw Kyle wasn't wearing her pajamas as instructed, so he again threw Kyle to her bed.  According to Investigators, "Vaden then grabbed (Kyle's) leg, 'tossing' her 'face first' onto the floor."

Investigators say Vaden then left Kyle's bedroom, returning a short time later to find Kyle bleeding and unresponsive.

Kyle was transported to Children's Mercy in Kansas City, where she later died.  Investigators say an autopsy revealed the cause of her death was head injury.  

Carl Junction's police chief says Kyle's mother has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

"She (Jayda) was transported to a local hospital, then life flighted up to Kansas City.  That's when the first allegations of abuse came from, and that's where we started our investigation, was because of that," says Carl Junction Police Chief Delmar Haase.  "At this point, the mother and the family believed it was a medical incident and we have no reason to believe any involvement, in this part of the investigation."

A memorial service for Kyle has been planned for this Friday at 5:30 at Christ's Church of Oronogo.

Click here to view court documents.

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