Mother arrested in death of 2-year-old son at Wichita motel

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Zayden Jaynesahkluah (GoFundMe) Zayden Jaynesahkluah (GoFundMe)
Kimberly Compass Kimberly Compass
2-year-old boy dies at Sunset Motel on South Broadway in Wichita on May 31, 2019 (KAKE) 2-year-old boy dies at Sunset Motel on South Broadway in Wichita on May 31, 2019 (KAKE)
Zayden Jaynesahkluah (GoFundMe) Zayden Jaynesahkluah (GoFundMe)
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The mother of a 2-year-old boy who was found dead in a Wichita motel has been arrested in his death.

Wichita police spokesman Charley Davidson said that 23-year-old Kimberly Compass was arrested Thursday for the death of Zayden Jaynesahkluah. Jail records show she's being held without bond for first-degree murder. 

The boy was found dead May 31 at the Sunset Motel at 2328 South Broadway where he lived with his mother.

Davidson said that new information from the Regional Forensic Science Center led to the arrest. He did not elaborate. Information on how the boy died has not been released.

Davidson said the investigation is continuing.

State Rep. Michael Capps, a Wichita Republican, said when the boy died that state welfare officials had previous contact with Zayden's family.

The Associated Press contributed to this update.


Previous story from June 7, 2019:

Police and child welfare officials are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy at a south Wichita motel last week.

Officers responded at around 9:45 a.m. Friday, May 31, to assist EMS on a report of a child not breathing at the Sunset Motel at 2328 South Broadway. Officer Charley Davidson said the boy, Zayden Jaynesahkluah, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said at the scene that the boy's death was medical, but they're waiting on toxicology results to confirm how he died.

"We don't know if it was medical or not," Davidson said. 

The Department for Children and Families confirms it is investigating Zayden's death.

"The agency was prohibited from commenting on the case until Thursday when it became public knowledge, which triggered a provision in K.S.A 38-2212 that allows the agency to confirm its involvement," DCF said in a statement. 

A family member told KAKE News that they have reached out to DCF before. Mike Deines with the agency would not confirm whether the child welfare officials have previously been involved with the boy.

Officer Davidson said police have had contact with the family before but did not offer any specifics. 

"We’re not going into detail on whose fault, what happened etc but what we are going to do is come together for the families who are now in pain, hearts full of sorrow, eyes full of tears and minds full of memories!" a GoFundMe page says.

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