Wichita parents charged with murder, child abuse in death of 2-year-old boy
The parents of a 2-year-old boy found dead in a south Wichita mobile home made their first appearance in court in connection with the boy's death on Tuesday.
Brandi Marchant, 22, and Patrick Javonovich, 28, are both charged with five counts including first-degree murder, child abuse and aggravated child endangerment in the death of 3-year-old Zaiden Javonovich.
Police found the boy dead inside the mobile home on Thursday, April 11. They also found a four-month-old baby boy who was in need of medical attention. Officers arrested Marchant and Javonovich early Friday morning for felony murder and child endangerment.
During Tuesday's hearing, both were ordered to have no contact with the baby who is recovering in a Wichita hospital.
Marchant and Javonovich are being held in the Sedgwick County Jail on a $200,000 bond.
They are scheduled to appear in court again on April 25 at 1:30 p.m.
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 Divison of the Wichita Police Department said officers found 2-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. 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.
Eyewitness News 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.
Wichita police arrested 28-year-old Patrick Javonovich and 22-year-old Brandi Marchant for felony murder in connection with the death of a two-year-old boy Friday morning.
Officers responded to the 4500 block of S. Hydraulic around 11:30 p.m. for a domestic disturbance call. They arrived to find Javonovich, and his girlfriend, Marchant, walking back to the mobile home.
Police say the couple was involved in a verbal disturbance with each other and left the residence, leaving two-year-old Zaiden Javonovich and a four-month-old brother inside.
Officers entered the home to check on the children and found Zaiden unresponsive in a crib. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The four-month-old was found to be in need of medical attention. He was taken to the hospital to be treated and remains hospitalized.
Police say there have been no prior calls to the mobile home concerning child abuse, but officers have been called to the home before for unrelated issues.
Javonovich and Marchant were booked into the Sedgwick County Detention Facility for on arresting charges of first-degree murder, and two counts of aggravated child endangerment. They're both being held on a $200,000 bond.