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Sugar Cookie

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Authorities are investigating after a 2-year-old boy who was on the radar of child welfare officials died at a Wichita motel.

The Kansas Department of Children and Families identified the boy Thursday as Zayden Jaynesahkluah. Police say he was pronounced dead on May 31 after a woman called to report that he wasn't breathing.

No information has been released about how he died, and no arrests have been made. Police say they are awaiting a toxicology report.

State Rep. Michael Capps, a Wichita Republican, told KSNW-TV that welfare officials had been involved with Zayden's family before he died.

"At this time, we don't have details specific to the case other than the fact that this was an active DCF investigation, and the child did die in the course of that investigation," Capps said.

The welfare agency said in a statement that state law allows it to release further information about the case if it finds that Zayden's death was a result of abuse or neglect. The statement said it will take several weeks to make a finding. Saint Francis Ministries, a child welfare contractor, also released a statement in which it said it would work closely with the welfare agency to review its policies and procedures.

Zayden's father, Caleb Jaynesahkluah, said he also has questions about how his son died but was alarmed about the speculation on social media, noting that "it's still pending an investigation." He also requested prayers for his family.

"I just hope no one else has to go through this," Jaynesahkluah said.
 

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tmdgirl

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IF the family was already on DCF radar, then there was obviously an issue....who wants to bet the test results will show that mom or dad had something to do with Zayden's death....
 

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Sugar Cookie

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As the investigation continues into 2-year-old Zayden Jaynesahkluah's death, Eyewitness News hears from the boy's mother about what she witnessed prior to emergency crews finding the boy dead in a south Wichita motel room on May 31 and what she says are misconceptions about how she treated Zayden.

Zayden's mother, Kim Compass, says she was staying at the south Wichita motel last Friday (May 31) when she woke up to find her son deathly ill.

"When I got up to get him, I saw he had (thrown) up," Compass says. "I immediately called the EMS, the paramedics, 911. They told me to do CPR on him. "It freaked me out. I became hysterical, which of course, I would. He's my son. Then I just waited for them to get there to help."

Zayden died at the motel and the Kansas Department for Children and Families (DCF) opened the investigation. Compass says any past contact she's had with DCF was based on false claims.

"A lot of people were calling DCF on me, making false reports," she says.

She says since Zayden's death, those false statements have continued.

"Everybody says they're not jealous of me," Compass says. "They have no reason to be, but as a mother who has just lost her son, what other reasons would you have to be hateful in this situation when I've done nothing but care for my children?"

No arrests have been made by police who say they're waiting for the results of toxicology tests before making any decisions. Meanwhile Compass wants to clear up any misconceptions about her relationship with her children and mourn the loss of her son.

"It's hard for me also with everybody being so accusive," she says. "The people that are closest to me are trying to support me more than ever now through this process because they know in their hearts how good of a person I am and how much I enjoy all kids and that I would never hurt my son."
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“Everybody says they're not jealous of me," Compass says.

WTF is this shit? All I can hear is me me me, no concern for the kid. If she didn’t purposely kill him, he probably died through some form of neglect.
 

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Zayden JayNesahkluah weighed under 3 1/2 pounds when he was born, but he grew to be a rambunctious toddler who liked to take all of the toys out of his toy box and climb inside.

He loved to smile and he was a beautiful boy, said his father, Caleb “Bear” JayNesahkluah.

Three days before his third birthday, Zayden was found dead at a south Wichita motel where he had been staying with his mother, Kimberly Compass.

The cause of death is unknown, and his death is under investigation.

It’s unclear what level of involvement Kansas’ child welfare agency had with Zayden or his mother. The Kansas Department for Children and Families does not publicly release records until they find a child’s death or near death was a result of abuse or neglect. That hasn’t been determined yet.

For much of his life, Zayden was raised by various family members. For about a year he was in the care of his mother’s cousin, Shelby Curry, and her then-husband, Quentin Curry.

“His mom, she would go say, ‘Can you watch him for an hour?’ and come back three days later,” she said. “That was pretty much how it went.”

When Zayden was with her, he was happy, she said.

“And that’s how people should remember him,” Curry said, pointing to a photo of Zayden smiling on the cover of his funeral program.

Curry said she doesn’t want people to remember him the way he appears in a picture that’s being shared on social media and television news, a photo that shows him with bruises on his face. It’s unclear how he got them or when the photo was taken.

Wright said she’s reserving judgment about what happened to Zayden until the autopsy comes back, but added that she wants to raise awareness about child abuse and urge people to do whatever they can to prevent another child death.
 

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