DES MOINES, Iowa -- Des Moines police are investigating the death of a little girl, and they say charges could be filed in the case.
Jayda Canada died just one week after her fifth birthday. Family members called paramedics to her mother's apartment on Second Avenue in Des Moines on October 7. Police immediately responded when the call came out that a child so young was in cardiac arrest.
"Cardiac arrest of an 80-year old , you wouldn't send police on that typically. Cardiac arrest of a five-year-old, we usually do send them with medics," says Des Moines Police Sergeant Jason Halifax.
Jayda's autopsy report has been sealed by law enforcement. A toxicology report, which would indicate whether there were any drugs in her system is complete, but police are not releasing the results.
"That can be used later on to determine number one, cause of death; number two, if criminal charges are warranted in this case. And we're in that phase right now," Halifax says.
Police say Jayda's mother, Tionne Bloodsaw, and her boyfriend, Deshaun Lonte Trombone, were present at the time of Jayda's death. According to a search warrant we obtained, "Trombone was uncooperative, did not want to provide his personal information and did not want to comply with commands."
That's not surprising. Trombone is on the Des Moines Police Department's most wanted list. He faces 16-counts of violation of a no contact order. He has also been arrested several times on drug charges.
According to the search warrant, drugs were found in the apartment including marijuana, a baggie with cocaine, pill tablets including morphine, a working digital scale, razor blade, and glass plate with cocaine residue, eight counterfeit $100 bills, and three baggies containing 81 ecstasy tablets.
Police say aren't sure yet whether the drugs found in the apartment played a role in Jayda's death, but Halifax says, "This child had no trauma to her body. No cuts, scrapes, stabs, choke, nothing like that at all. And no medical condition. Five-year-olds don't just die."
We went to Bloodsaw's apartment but no one answered the door. Police say her other daughter was taken out of the home by the Department of Human Services.