Mother accused of second-degree murder after toddler overdose returns for trial


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The mother whose young son died of a methadone overdose, appeared in court Friday.

Kimberly Compass is charged with murder in the death of her two-year-old son, Zayden Jaynesahkluah.

On May 31, officers responded to the Sunset Motel in the 2300 block of South Broadway, regarding Jaynesahkluah not breathing. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

An autopsy found that Zayden died from ingesting methadone. It also said he had bruises on his face and legs.

It was an emotional afternoon in the courtroom.

Zayden’s father, Caleb and other family members were there, as well as Compass’s family members.

The first person to take the stand was a doctor from a Wichita Clinic who testified that Compass was prescribed three doses of methadone the week of Zayden’s death.

The three bottles were found in a child’s pencil box in Compass’s car after Zayden’s death.

Reginald Whiters, the man who was in the hotel room with Compass and her children testified that Compass asked him to put the pencil box in the car as he carried Zayden’s body to the car after he was found unresponsive and they were waiting on EMS to arrive.

Whiters said the night before Zayden was found unresponsive, he was snoring very loudly and in a way that concerned Whiters. He testified that Zayden was walking in “zig-zags” and acted like he was on some type of medication. Witters said he asked Compass many times if Zayden was okay.

Compass’s grandmother took the stand, as well. She testified that she met Zayden for the first time in the weeks leading up to his death. The grandmother said she saw Compass push Zayden across the room and called him names. She said two days before Zayden died, Compass asked her grandmother to watch the kids for the summer because Compass “could not handle Zayden.”

His mother, 23-year-old Kimberly Compass, appeared before a judge and was charged with first-degree murder.


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