Boyfriend arrested in deadly child abuse case

Jalen Vaden in custody

Carl Junction, Mo. - Jalen Vaden, 22, was taken into custody on suspicion of child abuse resulting in death, after giving a confession to Jasper County detectives.

A 911 call last week led paramedics to a Carl Junction home at 405 Meadow Lake Drive. They found Jayda Kyle, 3, in medical distress, taking her first to Mercy Hospital Joplin for treatment and then on to a Kansas City hospital.

Kyle passed away from a traumatic head injury according to an autopsy. 

Detectives later interviewed both the mother and her boyfriend, Vaden, leading to his arrest Wednesday afternoon.

Carl Junction officers worked with Jasper County detectives in the investigation. They say there had been no prior complaints at the home. 

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