WPD: 3-year-old found dead in Wichita home may have died days earlier

Brandi Marchant (left) and Patrick Javonovich (Source: KWCH)
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Police say a boy may have been dead for days before officers found him in a south Wichita mobile home last week.

They say a neighbor called 911 Thursday night to report a disturbance in the 4500 block of S. Hydraulic. Officers arrived to find two adults walking back to the home. They told police two children were inside.

Capt. Brent Allred with the Homicide Division of the Wichita Police Department said officers found 3-year-old Zaiden Javonovich wrapped in a blanket. He said they cannot say if the child starved to death, but said he had obvious physical injuries.

A four-month-old baby was also in the home. He was taken to the hospital for medical treatment. Police say the baby is improving.

Officers arrested 28-year-old Patrick Javonovich and 22-year-old Brandi Marchant in connection with boy's death. They both appeared in court for the first time Tuesday morning, where they were charged with 1st degree murder, among other counts.

Allred said there was no indication that there was drug use going on inside the home. He said there was also food in the home.

"It's shocking to see adults treat their kids the way these two did. I say it's pathetic because that's what it is," said Allred. "We see way too many of these."

Wichita police say responding officers did not expect to find Zaiden the way they did and while cases like these are difficult to investigate, police are thankful a neighbor called when they did.

Police didn't have any previous reports of abuse, but the Kansas Department for Children and Families was involved with the family before.

13 NEWS' sister-station, KWCH, has filed an open records request to see how many times DFC was involved with the family, and why.

Monday, Eyewitness News did hear from members of Zaiden's extended family. The boy's grandmother provided a photo from Zaiden's first Christmas and said he is now in a better place. Zaiden's father's side of the family says they are just waiting on autopsy results.

The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney and the couple could face felony murder and neglect charges.

Allred said both Marchant and Javonovich have other children. He said investigators believe Javonovich's child may have visited on weekends. Marchant does not have custody of her two other children.

Allred said it could be a couple more days before Zaiden's cause of death is determined.