JOPLIN, Mo. (KSN) — The father of Jayda Kyle speaks out today, about the death of his daughter and the criminal investigation that’s still open. He’s heartbroken from the loss, and says three-year-old Jayda was a joy, always trying to keep up with her older brother.
“Sweetheart sassy bubbly girl laugh was contagious and she was always laughing,” says Mack Kyle, Jayda Kyle’s dad.
Mack Kyle got the call late on November 28th that his three year old Jayda was in the hospital.
“We got to Flying J and were notified they were life-flighting her to Kansas City, and so we immediately turned around and went there. I saw her by 3:30 we spoke with a doctor who said she was not going to make it, and that it was due to child abuse right off the bat,” says Mack Kyle.
The news was a shock.
“And initially that’s what I asked the first doctor, ‘could it have been her jumping on her bed and hitting her head?’ And he said no, this is the equivalent of her falling from a 2 story building and landing on her head. There’s no way this was an accident,” says Mack Kyle.
The mother’s boyfriend Jalen Vaden was charged in Jayda’s death on December 6th. Kyle says he never saw any proof of past issues but is glad the criminal case is moving ahead.
“I’m glad some justice has been served, but in my opinion, that’s just the top of that,” says Mack Kyle.
He still has unanswered questions, even prompting him to contact the FBI.
“I was on the phone with them for 30 minutes last night and they said a field agent would contact me in the next couple of days,” says Mack Kyle.
Kyle is trying to stay positive for his 5 year old son Quincy, but says he needs closure.
“I just want the truth. I don’t want Quincy to lose his mother, that would just make this a lot worse. But I don’t want it to be covered up because she didn’t protect her daughter,” says Mack Kyle.
Vaden will make his first legal appearance this Thursday in Jasper county court. The case is still open at the Jasper county sheriff’s office, where they say they’ve gotten new information as recently as yesterday.
Meanwhile, Mack and Devyn Kyle’s son has not returned to his family home in Carl Junction. The 5 year old is in the custody of the Department of Social Services Children’s Division, who placed the child in the care of his paternal aunt. DSS ordered that the child’s maternal grandparents would be limited to a supervised once weekly two hour visit. A petition was filed in court today to amend that judgement to uphold a previous order restricting Mack Kyle’s visitation based on prior legal issues.