Tell City woman arrested in connection to death of 5-yr-old in Meade Co., Ky.

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 10:07 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 11:52 AM EST
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MEADE CO., Ky. (WFIE) - Two people were arrested, including a Tell City woman, in connection to the death of a five-year-old boy in Meade County.

Law enforcement is working hard on behalf of 5-year-old Braydon Irwin.

“The little boy can’t talk and I want to be - I want to be his voice,” Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee said.

Braydon Irwin.
Braydon Irwin.(Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home)

The Meade County Sheriff says a 911 call came in Monday evening about a child not breathing. Braydon Irwin was taken to the Harrison County Hospital, which is where he later died.

Preliminary reports say the cause of death was blunt force trauma. The Sheriff says a tragedy like this is hard on everyone involved.

“It’s hard, it really is,” Sheriff Wimpee said. “It’s hard, and you want to give it all you’ve got, as well as any case. But like you said, this is a child. This child didn’t deserve to die. It’s heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking for the family. They’re devastated.”

Police arrested the boy’s mother, 28-year-old Kayla Irwin of Tell City, and her boyfriend, 40-year-old Daniel Clemans, on Wednesday in Paynesville, Kentucky near Clemans’s home.

Both are charged with complicity to murder. The Meade County Sheriff says there could be more charges pending.

The Sheriff says Kayla Irwin wasn’t at the home when the call was made to 911, and they credit a tip from the community in helping them to arrest Kayla and her boyfriend. Police say emotions can make cases like this one even harder to work on.

“It’s definitely painful and hard to deal with, but at the end of the day it’s bringing people to justice,” Detective Bryan Pesis said.

Investigation into 5-yr-old’s death underway in Meade Co., Ky.
Investigation into 5-yr-old’s death underway in Meade Co., Ky.

Irwin and Clemans each have a $250,000 cash bond and have an arraignment scheduled for Wednesday, January 19. Authorities say it will be six to eight weeks until the final results of the child’s death are released.

Sheriff Wimpee encourages everyone to be alert and watch for signs of child abuse.

“If you’re a child and you’re watching this and something’s going on in your life that you know is not right, go to a schoolteacher, leave a note, let somebody know, please,” Sheriff Wimpee said.

Visitation and funeral services for Braydon are planned for Friday and Saturday in Tell City.

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