The fifth judge, and the last Jasper County trial judge eligible to handle the case, Stephen Carlton, recused today, citing a "conflict case," according to online Jasper County Circuit Court records.
The fourth judge, John Nicholas, recused Thursday, as did judges David Mouton and Gayle Crane earlier.
Vaden's attorney, Tracey Martin's motion to removed the first judge assigned to the case after Vaden was bound over for trial, Dean Dankelson, was overruled by Dankelson, forcing Martin to use her one automatic change of judge request.
Carlton's decision sends the case back to the presiding judge for assignment. With no Jasper County judges left, the case will be sent to the Missouri Supreme Court, which will assign an out-of-county judge.
The original trial date of April 2019 has been stricken.
The child died at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City three days after she was hospitalized due to abuse that took place at her home at 405 Meadow Lake, Carl Junction. Vaden was the live-in boyfriend of Jayda Kyle's mother, Devyn Kyle.