December 22, 2014

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Suspect has day in court – on theft charge

LORAIN — The primary suspect in the death of 8-month-old Jayden Davidson has not been charged in connection with the infant’s death but pleaded not guilty to an unrelated theft charge Thursday in Lorain Municipal Court.
Police are still looking into what role Kevin Kimbrough, 24, may have played in Jayden’s death Tuesday but used a warrant for his arrest stemming from a stolen PlayStation 2 video game system in August 2005 to help get him into custody.
The warrant for his arrest was issued in 2005 after he failed to show up for a court appearance, but he wasn’t picked up until Wednesday after he had fled to Cleveland’s west side despite knowing Lorain police wanted to question him in Jayden’s death.  
Kimbrough pleaded not guilty on the theft charge via video arraignment from county jail and could be seen crying and wiping his eyes with a tissue when the judge granted the prosecutor’s request for a $1 million bond.
City Prosecutor Jim Walther told Judge Mark Mihok that Kimbrough was a flight risk since he attempted to elude authorities by running to Cleveland. Walther said he expects charges to be filed against Kimbrough for Jayden’s death.
“We expect those charges to be filed. We’re not exactly sure to what degree of offense, but it does involve the death of the
8-month-old child,” he said.
A few family members attended the hearing, but most declined comment to reporters.
Kimbrough’s twin brother, Kenny Kimbrough, said the bond was excessive since his brother was only charged with theft.
“To be honest, it’s wrong,” he said. “I know my brother, I know him very well. And I usually don’t take sides, but I know he didn’t do this.”
Kevin Kimbrough was babysitting Jayden and Jayden’s 2-year-old brother Tuesday morning while their mother, Julie St. Clair, was at work. He is not the father of either child, but had dated St. Clair in the past and the two remained friends.
St. Clair’s sister, Stacy St. Clair, said Wednesday that her sister usually left her kids with a family member, but when no one was available to watch the children on Tuesday, she called Kimbrough. Stacy St. Clair said that Jayden was fine when her sister left her Lorain Drive home around 6:30 a.m.
Kimbrough left the home around 7 a.m. and took the children over to his girlfriend’s house on West Fifth Street, about a five-minute drive from St. Clair’s residence. About
7:30 a.m., his girlfriend, 25-year-old Cassandra Fonseca, called 911 saying Jayden had stopped breathing and that Kimbrough thought he had an asthma attack on the trip to her house.
Jayden died of severe brain and head trauma at CHP Regional Medical Center about 8 a.m. An autopsy revealed at least three months worth of abuse and his brother also appeared to be abused, according to police. The brother was taken to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.
Kimbrough’s sister, 19-year-old Anna Kimbrough, said she used to go over to St. Clair’s house and hang out with the children several times a month. She said her brother never even yelled at the kids, let alone act violently toward them.
Kimbrough also has two children of his own and has never hit them either, Anna Kimbrough said.
The mother of his first child, Ashley Goble, said Kimbrough did pinch their daughter once to stop her from crying, but never harmed her again. He did, however, beat Goble regularly, she said, including one incident where he put a gun to her head, prompting her to call police in 2001. He was convicted of aggravated menacing in that case.
Contact Adam Wright at 329-7151 or awright@chroniclet.com.