Crime & Courts

Wichita police, DCF investigate death of 2-year-old boy at South Broadway motel

Wichita police and the Kansas Department for Children and Families are investigating the death of a child at a South Broadway motel.

Police were called at around 9:45 a.m. Friday to the Sunset Motel, 2328 S. Broadway, Officer Charley Davidson said in a statement. Paramedics had responded to a report of a 2-year-old boy not breathing.

The boy was pronounced dead at the scene, Davidson said, and the investigation is ongoing, pending toxicology results.

A police report shows that a 23-year-old woman had reported the boy wasn’t breathing. He was pronounced dead about 45 minutes after emergency crews were called. Detectives with the homicide and Exploited and Missing Child Unit were called to investigate the case, which was classified as “dead bodies found no witness.”

Mike Deines, a DCF spokesman, identified the boy as Zayden Jaynesahkluah. He said the state agency started investigating immediately after learning of the May 31 death. More information could be released if the boy’s death is found to be a result of abuse or neglect, but that could take several weeks to determine.

“As with any case, DCF will do a thorough review of the incident to understand if any agency or contractor (St. Francis Ministries) policy or procedural issues need to be addressed,” Deines said. “As an agency we must hold ourselves accountable. “

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