Trial begins for Wichita mother charged with murder in toddler’s death

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 9:13 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A day after jury selection, witnesses on Tuesday, May 18, began taking the stand in the trial of a Wichita mother accused of killing her 2-year-old son. Kimberly Compass pleaded not guilty in the 2019 death of Zayden Jaynesahkluah. She’s charged with first-degree murder.

A coroner determined the toddler died from methadone poisoning at a south Wichita motel. Compass said she had methadone from a drug-treatment program, but denies using it to kill her son. Police arrested in Compass in mid-August, about two-and-a-half months after Jaynesahkluah’s death. She was charged with first-degree murder.

Among four witnesses who took the stand Tuesday were four Wichita Police Department detectives. Jurors also heard a 911 call that Compass made, reporting that her son wasn’t breathing.

Eyewitness News will continue following the trial until its conclusion.

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