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Family of Three-Year-Old Allegedly Killed Over Pajamas Speaks Through Attorney


The family of a Carl Junction girl who police say was murdered speaks through an attorney.  Three-year-old Jayda Kyle died earlier this month after she was flown to a hospital in Kansas City.  Carl Junction police say Jayda was murdered by her mom's boyfriend.

But an attorney representing the mom, Devyn, and her dad, Judd McPherson, says there has been untrue speculation about their involvement.

"The family has not even had a chance to grieve," says Joseph Passanise.

Passanise says the McPherson family and Devyn Kyle approached him to represent them.  We asked Passanise if Devyn and the McPherson family are now or will be involved in litigation.

"Well, there's an ongoing investigation.  The McPherson's and Devyn Kyle have been fully cooperating with law enforcement," says Passanise.

According to Passanise, the Carl Junction Police Department and Jasper County Sheriff's Office still support Devyn's innocence in Jayda's murder.  Investigators say Devyn's boyfriend, Jalen Vaden, threw Jayda to the floor several times because she wouldn't wear pajamas.

We asked Passanise where Devyn was when this allegedly happened.

"At this point, due to the ongoing investigations and a criminal case pending, as well as a juvenile proceeding, I don't really want to get into the specific facts, because those issues are being addressed in the ongoing litigation that's occurring in court," says Passanise.

Mack Kyle, Jayda's biological father, says he was given papers by the Jasper County Childrens Services Division that state inconsistencies and an ongoing investigation as the basis for their continued review of the custody situation with Devyn's older son.  Those inconsistencies include marks reportedly on Jayda's body prior to when she was killed.

"Unfortunately, I cannot discuss any of the medical issues, due to the confidential nature of the process," says Passanise.

We asked Passanise if there were any medical issues.

"I cannot comment, one way or the other," says Passanise.

It's unclear how confidential Childrens Division documents were made public.  Mack Kyle denies releasing them, contrary to what Passanise alleges.

"I understand how Mack Kyle and his family are grieving," says Passanise.  "I don't necessarily agree with the manner in which they are grieving."

Passanise says his confidential court responses have been submitted to the Childrens Division.


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