Man Charged With Murder After Allegedly Throwing 3-Year-Old for Not Putting on Pajamas

Left: Jayda Kyle, Jalen Vaden
Left: Jayda Kyle, Jalen Vaden

A Missouri man is accused of killing his girlfriend’s daughter after the 3-year-old wouldn’t put on her pajamas. 

On Nov. 27, Jalen Vaden, 22, allegedly threw the toddler, Jayda Kyle, to the ground, “causing her to strike her head,” after he told her to put on her pajamas and she didn’t.

Vaden later told police that he then threw the child on a bed in the Carl Junction home before taking the 3-year-old by the leg and tossing her "face first" onto the floor. 

Vaden told police he then left the room and later returned to find the girl bleeding and unresponsive. Police arrived to the scene at 9 p.m. that night and found Jayda unresponsive. 

She was transported to Mercy Hospital in Kansas City where doctors diagnosed her with “abusive head trauma.” She died four days later, on Dec. 1. 

Vaden was reportedly Jayda’s mom’s live-in boyfriend. Jayda’s mother, Devyn Kyle, has not been charged. Police said they have cleared her of any wrongdoing, reports said.

Vaden has been charged with second-degree murder. He is currently being held with no bond, reports said.

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