(EL DORADO, Kan.) — An 18 month old baby dies in the hospital from injuries. El Dorado police now have changed the nature of their investigation from child abuse to homicide. Parents said baby Jayla had an accident at home. Doctors say the injuries baby Jayla sustained were inconsistent with the their story. Police arrested the baby's 23 year old mother on Monday.
“I'm angry at myself that I was friends with this person when she had Jayla and I didn't realize that anything wasn't going on. Why could I not see that?” asked former friend Emily Winegarner.
Friends, family, and the community are grieving the loss of 18 month old baby Jayla, She died Friday after she succumbed to severe injuries. Police arrested the baby's mother Monday for homicide and child abuse. While there are plenty of unanswered questions, those who once knew them discuss memories.
“A lot of hurt. A lot of sadness. You meet her one time and you fall in love with her. She's a very sweet little girl. She's one that even when she's sick, she's happy and quiet. She was very easy to take care of,” said former friend Kristen Greene.