Jalen Vaden

Jalen Vaden

Jayda Kyle, a Carl Junction 3-year-old, died from traumatic head injuries sustained when her mother's boyfriend, Jalen Dashawn Vaden, repeatedly threw her against the floor of her bedroom in a Nov. 27 dispute over the child's pajamas, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed Thursday by the Jasper County Sheriff's Office.

The affidavit says Vaden admitted to the acts in an interview with a sheriff's deputy on Wednesday.

The affidavit says Vaden lived with the girl and her mother in Carl Junction, and on the night of Nov. 27, he allegedly became angry with the child for not putting on pajamas he had instructed her to wear. He allegedly picked the child up and threw her on the floor, then threw her on her bed twice when the ordeal continued. Finally, the affidavit says, he grabbed her by the leg and threw her face-first onto the floor. Vaden left the room and later found the girl bleeding and unresponsive, the affidavit says.

Vaden, 22, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse, and Jasper County Prosecutor Theresa Kenney on Thursday charged him with second-degree murder and felony child abuse. He remains on a no-bond hold, Kenney said Thursday.

The charges allege Vaden inflicted serious injuries on the girl, "causing her head to strike the floor and that she died as result of those injuries," Kenney said.

The girl was taken to Mercy Hospital Joplin before being flown by medical helicopter to Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, where she died Dec. 1, less than four full days after the incident.

Carl Junction police Chief Delmar Haase said previously that detectives had interviewed both Vaden and the girl's mother, Devyn Kyle. On Thursday, Haase said law enforcement has cleared Devyn Kyle of any wrongdoing.

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