Wichita mother professes innocence, denies responsibility for 2-year-old son's death

WICHITA, Kan. A Wichita mother professes her innocence after being charged in the May 31 death of her 2-year-old son, Zayden Jaynesahkluah.

Twenty-three-year-old Kimberly Compass 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. As of Tuesday, she remains in jail.

"I'm going to be sitting here as long as I have to prove that I would never intentionally hurt my kids, either one of them," Compass says.

Tuesday afternoon, Compass spoke with Eyewitness News for about 20 minutes from the Sedgwick County Jail. Specifically, she spoke about the final few hours of yer son's life.

The coroner's report says Zayden died from methadone poisoning at a south Wichita motel.

Methadone is often used in drug-treatment programs and that is where Compass says she had it. But, she says, she did not use the drug to kill her son.

"Any rumors that have been told about me getting high or running around, not taking care of my kids, that is not true," Compass says. "I was in a recovery process, which is why I was on methadone."

When asked how her son got that methadone, she says she doesn't know.

"I do not. The person who was there with me, he said that he thinks that Zayden could have accidentally gotten a hold of some of it."

A little before 10 a.m. May 31, dispatchers received a call that
Zayden was unresponsive in a motel room on South Broadway. He was pronounced dead at 10:35 a.m. and police arrested Compass August 15 and charged her for his death.

"As far as my son getting my medication, there was another man with me that night," Compass says. "All honesty, my story has not changed. I went to sleep in the bed with my daughter."

From there, she says she doesn't know what happened, and believes the death needs to be investigated further.

"I don't want to say too much, but I believe that something is not right here, most definitely," Compass says. "I can say that. Something most definitely is not right because there are certain details that haven't added up to itself.

Compass says that's something she wants to discuss with detectives. She maintains she's done nothing wrong.

"I want to say (to) everybody out there screaming 'justice for Zayden,' or thinking negative about me, no matter what happens, justice for my son will always be in my heart and I will stay here every day until (there) is justice for my son, knowing that I didn't do anything to my son and that I never would, or (to) my daughter," Compass says.