UPDATE: A continuance was requested and granted in this case, a new trail date has not been set.
LEBANON, Missouri- The jury trial for 26-year-old Kyle Nickel is set for 9 a.m. January 8th in Morgan County. This comes after a change of venue from Laclede County and a continuance of the case from January 7th. Nickel is charged with Abuse Or Neglect Of A Child – Resulting In Death Under Sec. 568.060.5(2).
According to the probable cause statement, seven week-old Gracelyn Jade Nickel, who is the man’s daughter, was being fussy before she died on March 27th.
Nickel told authorities that he was getting frustrated because of Gracelyn’s crying. In his aggravation, he allegedly threw Gracelyn to the couch resulting in fatal injury.
Sheriff’s deputies, the Lebanon Rural Fire Department and Mercy EMS were all called to the 28064 Pelican Drive in Laclede County where they discovered the child unresponsive.
According to the probable cause statement, the autopsy showed that the infant had suffered fractures to her skull and five blood clots in her brain.
Her obituary published by Holman Howe read as follows:
Gracelyn Jade Nickel, daughter of Kyle Nickel and Brooklyn Green, was born February 1, 2018, in Lebanon, Missouri. She departed this life Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Mercy Hospital, in Lebanon, Missouri, at the age of seven weeks.
She is survived by her parents, Brooklyn Green, and Kyle Nickel, of the home; three brothers, Colton Nickel, and Kayden Nickel, both of the home, and Landon Shepeard, of Pittsburg, Kansas; her maternal grandparents, Patricia Ward, and Christopher Green, both of Lebanon, Missouri; her paternal grandparents, Jackie Jaworski, of Arma, Kansas and Don Hall, of Paola, Kansas; her maternal great-grandparents, Shirley and Chester Williams, of Lebanon, Missouri, and Jeanie and Rick Dismang, of Conway, Missouri; her paternal great-grandmother, Deborah Nickel, of the State of Kansas; a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins; as well as other relatives and friends.
She lived her very short life in the Lebanon area and brought great joy to her family and into their home. She was an adorable little girl who was always smiling. She was dearly loved by all of her family.
Although her time on earth was very short, she had touched the hearts of many and will be lovingly remembered and greatly missed by all those who loved her.