Ex-boyfriend of mom whose toddler son died from methadone ingestion testifies


Note: This story has been updated to clarify the legal name of Reggie Whiters. 

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The trial of Kimberly Compass, the mother whose 2-year-old son Zayden Jaynesahkluah died of a methadone overdose in 2019, continued Friday. 

On Friday, the defense brought two people in to testify. One witness was Compass’s neighbor Christina Eastman who said she heard another person confess to the crime when he was arguing with Compass.

“He said and just know everyday that you spend in prison you will think of me and know that I’m the one who took your baby from you,” said Eastman.

The neighbor testified Reggie Whiters, who the neighbor knew as Reggie Bailey, and Compass had been arguing outside her home a few days before Compass was arrested. Whiters is the man who was with Compass in the hotel room, in the hours before Zayden died.

The prosecution brought in a detective to counter the woman’s claims. Detective Perkins said Eastman never spoke to the police about this nor did Compass ever said she had a witness to a confession

Prosecutor: “Did she advice you that Reggie had confessed to killing her son in front of her neighbor, Cristina Eastman?”
Detective Perkins: “no”
Prosecutor: “At any time during the interview did she tell you I have a witness that would tell you that Reggie had confessed to murdering my son?”
Detective Perkins: “no”

The other defense witness was an ex-boyfriend of Compass, Zachary Sepesi. He testified that he knew Zayden had previously had seizures. He also said Compass had used a lockbox for her methadone in the past, and the two texted about Zayden not acting normal in the hours before he was found dead.

On Thursday, jurors listened to a recorded conversation between Compass and a detective taken at the jail. In that discussion, she says she thought her son was sick.

“I thought he was sick, I really did because he had the seizure that he had and they said it’s a feverish seizure, and I went and took him to the emergency room,” Compass said in a recorded video. “I think that he was sick I really do because I know he couldn’t have gone into my medicine.”

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