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‘Pathetic,’ police captain says of parents whose child had likely been dead for days

Wichita police discuss parents’ arrest in child’s death

Wichita police officer Charley Davidson gave details about a case involving the death of a child. He spoke at Friday's briefing. (April 12, 2019)
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Wichita police officer Charley Davidson gave details about a case involving the death of a child. He spoke at Friday's briefing. (April 12, 2019)

A child who was found dead by Wichita police last week may have died days before officers were called by neighbors reporting a domestic disturbance.

A neighbor called 911 at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday to report a disturbance in the 4500 block of South Hydraulic, Wichita police Capt. Brent Allred said Monday. When officers arrived, they found 22-year-old Brandi Kai Marchant and 28-year-old Patrick Robert Javonovich walking outside.

The officers spoke with Marchant and Javonovich outside their home. It wasn’t until one of the parents mentioned there were children inside that the officers decided to check their welfare, Allred said.

The officers found 3-year-old Zaiden Javonovich dead, wrapped in a blanket in a crib. A second child, a 4-month-old baby boy, was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

“If they wouldn’t have went inside and communicated out there, more than likely they would have left, made a report and we wouldn’t have known about this for I don’t know how long,” Allred said.

Marchant and Javonovich were arrested on suspicion of murder in connection to the child’s death. Police said they were his mom and dad.

“It’s shocking to see adults treat their kids in the way these two were treated,” Allred said. “It’s, I say, ‘pathetic,’ because that’s what it is.”

Allred said there were “obvious injuries to the toddler,” but would not elaborate. An autopsy has been performed; the results are pending. Police had previously said Zaiden was 2 years old, but on Monday corrected his age to 3.

The 4-month-old also had injuries and had an “obvious sign” of needing “immediate medical attention,” Allred said. The baby now is doing “much better.”

“There were obvious signs of neglect that could rise to the level of abuse,” he said of the 4-month-old.

The home had food and no signs of drug use, police said.

There have been no police reports of abuse involving either parent or at the residence, Allred said. The family had lived there a couple months. He said the Department for Children and Families has received reports of child abuse involving the parents and the children.

Allred asked people who see signs of poor living conditions, neglect or abuse to call law enforcement.

The parents have other children who did not live at the home, Allred said. The mother, Marchant, has two other kids, but does not have custody of them. The father, Javonovich, has one other child who sometimes visits on weekends.

They are both being held in the Sedgwick County Jail in lieu of $200,000 bonds on suspicion of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated child endangerment. Police said the criminal case was presented to the district attorney’s office Monday afternoon.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme

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