22-year-old Jalen Vaden was charged on Thursday with second-degree murder and felony child abuse in the death of three-year-old Jayda Kyle, his girlfriend’s daughter.
The Joplin Globe reports a probable cause affidavit said Vaden became angry Nov. 27 when the girl didn’t put on the pajamas he told her to wear. He allegedly threw her on the floor and bed and later found her bleeding and unresponsive on the floor. The charges allege the girl died from injuries she suffered when her head hit the floor. She died Dec. 1 at a Kansas City hospital.
The child’s mother has been cleared of any wrongdoing.