“I never thought anybody would hurt my baby,” Family of McLoud teen shot, killed continues to fight for justice

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MCLOUD, Okla. - The family of a McLoud teenager shot and killed last month continues to fight for justice.

Investigators said Kaylen Thomas, 16, was shot in the head on October 5 at a friend's house in McLoud. Two teenagers were taken into custody in connection.

News 4 has confirmed one of the teenagers, a 15-year-old girl, has been formally charged with first- degree manslaughter as a youthful offendeer and remains in a juvenile detention facility as of Tuesday, according to her attorney, Taylor McLawhorn.

Bond has been set for $20,000.

Thomas said the second suspect, a 17-year-old boy, faces a charge of accessory after the fact as a juvenile.

"I don’t think the bond is high enough for either of them. Even though their age, that’s ridiculous because they took someone’s life, a special person’s life that had so many goals set for them," said Cynthia Thomas, Kaylen's mother. "I don’t feel like it’s being taken seriously enough or the bond would be higher. How can someone take someone’s life and it means so little?"

According to McLawhorn, bond was set by Pottawatomie judge Dawson Engle. A call to his office for a comment on the matter has not been returned.

On Tuesday, Cynthia and her two daughters met with the Pottawatomie County District Attorney's Office to discuss the court procedure moving forward.

"We’ve obviously never been through anything so horrific in our lives, and we needed some information on how some things are going to be handled," Cynthia said. "I would never wish bad on anybody, but I never thought anybody would hurt my baby. I just want my baby to be handled correctly and for everything to be done right for her."

Kaylen, a sophomore at McLoud High School, is remembered as an honor student and athlete. Her family told News 4 she had plans of attending college.

"I didn’t even get her driver’s license. I didn’t get to do prom with her. I don’t get to watch her go to college," her mother said through tears Tuesday. "She was always smiling. She was very happy girl. She loved her life, and she loved her family so much… and I know that with all my heart and it’s how I’m getting part of this is because I feel her hold in my heart everyday."

Cynthia said the community has also been supportive in her family's hardest days.

"The McLoud Police Department, I appreciate you so much - so much. They've done everything they can for us," she said.

When asked for a statement Tuesday, McLawhorn said the case was in the preliminary stages but it was a difficult situation for both sides.

We're told his client has a court hearing on November 27. She has been charged as a youthful offender.

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