Crime & Courts

Wichita boy, 2, found dead in a crib; parents arrested on suspicion of murder

Police have arrested the parents of a 2-year-old boy found dead in a crib at a south Wichita home late Thursday night.

Zaiden Javonovich’s mother, 22-year-old Brandi Kai Marchant, and his father, 28-year-old Patrick Robert Javonovich, were booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on Friday morning in connection with his death, according to jail records. The couple were being held on suspicion of committing felony murder, Wichita police spokesman Officer Charley Davidson said.

Felony murder can be charged when a death occurs while someone is committing another felony crime. In child homicide cases, child abuse and child endangerment are common examples.

Booking records show the parents are also being held on suspicion of aggravated child endangerment. The bond amount was set at $200,000.

Davidson said police went to a home in the 4500 block of South Hydraulic around 11:30 p.m. Thursday after someone called 911 to report a domestic dispute between Marchant and Patrick Javonovich. Officers found the pair walking back to the address. Zaiden and his 4-month-old brother were alone inside the home. An officer who went inside to check on the children found Zaiden dead in a crib, Davidson said.

The baby was “found to be in need of medical attention,” Davidson said.

Davidson refused to be specific about what kind of medical attention the baby needed but said he was immediately taken to a Wichita hospital for treatment.

“The child does remain hospitalized at this time and will be taken into police protective custody once released from the hospital,” Davidson said Friday.

Marchant and Javonovich are Zaiden’s biological parents but were not married. Marchant is the 4-month-old’s biological mother, Davidson said. Court records show Marchant has two older sons. Javonovich has an older daughter.

Davidson said sometime before police were called Marchant and Javonovich got into an argument and left the home without the boys. It’s not yet clear how long they were gone and how long the children were alone, he said.

Davidson didn’t say whether Zaiden had visible injuries on his body. An autopsy will determine his exact cause of death.

The Wichita Police Department has no record of previous child abuse reports involving Zaiden or the infant, Marchant or Javonovich, said Davidson. Officers have contacted the parents over other issues, he said without elaborating on what they were.

The case will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office for possible criminal charges, Davidson said.

Amy Renee Leiker has been reporting for The Wichita Eagle since 2010. She covers crime, courts and breaking news and updates the newspaper’s online databases. You can reach her at 316-268-6644. She’s an avid reader and mom of three in her non-work time.