Affidavit: Methadone in 2-year-old boy's system enough to kill opioid-addicted adult

Published: Sep. 10, 2019 at 5:44 PM CDT
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An affidavit detailing the case against a Wichita mother charged with murder in her 2-year-old son's death provides further insight into a fatal amount of methadone found in the boy's system.

The affidavit says Kimberly Compass called 911 on the morning of May 31 to report her 2-year-old son, Zayden Jaynesahkluah wouldn't wake up and wasn't breathing.

Emergency crews arrived on scene at the Sunset Motel on South Broadway in Wichita and pronounced Zayden dead a little after 10:30 a.m.

"(Compass) reported on scene that Zayden was not acting normal the night before (May 30) and was not very responsive and acted tired," the affidavit says. "Zayden was lying in a pool of vomit that was pink in color."

The affidavit says Compass said she had checked her vehicle for her methadone medication to see if Zayden had taken any. She said he hadn't.

A search of Compass' vehicle unveiled an unlocked Avengers pencil box in the back seat. Inside that box were three bottles of methadone. The affidavit says one bottle was empty and two others had small amounts inside. That methadone was liquid and bright pink in color.

On June 3, a few days after Zayden's death Compass said he had about a cup of red Jungle Juice at the motel room. She denied that Zayden took her medicine and denied being involved in giving him any methadone.

revealed he had methadone in his system.

"According to Dr. Rohrig with the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center, the amount of methadone Zayden had in his system would have also been fatal to an opioid-addicted adult," the affidavit says.

Further, the affidavit says, toxicology from three drinks found in the motel room showed two of the three tested positive for methadone. This included a bottle of fruit punch Jungle Juice and a can of Coca Cola.

"These drinks were located in the motel room on a night stand between the beds," the affidavit says.

A doctor with the forensic science center listed Zayden's cause of death as methadone toxicity, but listed the manner as "undetermined" since it was uncertain how Zayden got the drug.

Compass said a man with her and Zayden at the motel must have given the methadone to her son, saying she checked her methadone twice in the middle of the night and "it was fine," the affidavit says.

She said that prior to arriving at the motel on South Broadway, she went to Walmart to buy the bottle of fruit punch Jungle Juice and when she did so, she left the man alone in the car with her children.

The man with them reported both children were sleeping when Compass went into the store.

The man said Compass was a friend of his he'd known for about three months. He said she called him on the night of May 30 and said she had no electricity in her house and needed his help, the affidavit says.

The man knew the owners of the Sunset Motel and rented her a room. He said she picked him up at his home about 10:30 p.m. May 30 and he noticed Zayden in the backseat, "snoring very loudly," the affidavit says.

At the motel, the man says Zayden asked for water and drank juice and a frozen hot chocolate drink.

In the affidavit, the man says Zayden started snoring loudly after falling asleep at the foot of a motel bed and he watched him to make sure he was OK. He said he noticed the boy stopped snoring about 8:30 a.m. May 31 and he believed this just meant Zayden was finally sleeping well.

The man says he woke up about 9 a.m. and found Zayden lying in vomit. The boy wasn't breathing, but he was warm.

"He said there was something in his mouth and nose and that he had to wipe it with a towel," the affidavit says. "He said he woke up (Compass) who called 911."

The man performed CPR on Zayden "as instructed by 911."

"He said prior to medical personnel arriving, (Compass) went to her vehicle to check her medications and she told (the man) they were all fine," the affidavit says.

Compass, 23, faces a charge of first-degree murder in her son's death. Wichita police arrested her last month for felony murder and a judge set her bond at $500,000.

Currently, there are no charges against the man with Compass and her children at the motel when Zayden died.

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