Infant Thrown on Couch Before Dying in Lebanon


LEBANON, Mo.–KOLR10 is learning more about a father charged Sunday in the death of his infant daughter in Lebanon.

According to the probable cause statement, two-month-old Gracelyn Jade Nickel was being fussy before she died on March 27th. 

26-year-old Kyle Nickel told authorities that he was getting frustrated because of Gracelyn’s crying. 

He’s now been charged with child abuse in the cause of the child’s death. 

Download and read the probable cause statement in this case here.

A home on Pelican Drive in Lebanon is where Laclede County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to after Gracelyn’s great grandmother called 911 reporting that she wasn’t breathing.

 “The deputies at the scene were busy giving CPR. When the child got to the hospital, hospital personnel along with a deputy noticed that the child had some injuries that would be inconsistent for a child that age to have. The baby died at the hospital,” says Sheriff David Millsap.

According to the probable cause statement, the autopsy showed that Gracelyn had fractures to her skull and five blood clots in her brain.

 “We know that the child based on the autopsy died of blunt force trauma and that we have information and evidence that we believe the father inflicted that,” says Sheriff Millsap. 

Kyle Nickel told the sheriff that his daughter was being fussy and he was getting frustrated because of her crying and he says he threw her on the armrest of the couch.

“It’s hard being a parent especially with younger children and we know that children ages four and under are much more at risk for abuse than children of the other ages who are older and a lot of that is because that’s such a demanding time,” says Holly Beadle.

Beadle is the executive director of Isabel’s House-a Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks. She says Isabel’s House is a place for parents who are feeling overwhelmed to turn and if you can’t make it in, there’s some things you can do from home.

“We have parents who call in the middle of the night. I would always tell a parent just to stop and take a deep breath is the very first thing and most of those times are moments, they truly are just moments, it’s not going to be forever,” says Beadle.

Nickel is currently being held in the Laclede County Jail without bond.

A court date has yet to be set for him.

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