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Wichita police say a 3-year-old boy had likely been dead for days before he was found in a crib by officers responding to a domestic disturbance.
The boy's parents, 28-year-old Patrick Javonovich and 22-year-old Brandi Marchant, remain jailed on $200,000 bond for first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated child endangerment.
Officers were called at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday to a disturbance at Riverside Mobile Home Park in the 4500 block of South Hydraulic. Police say the couple was walking back to the home when they arrived. Officers entered the home and found 3-year-old Zaiden Javonovich dead, wrapped in a blanket in a crib.
Capt. Brent Allred said Monday that an autopsy would determine exactly how long Zaiden had been dead, but he said it had likely been days. A cause of death is still under investigation, but Allred said Zaiden suffered obvious injuries..
Marchant's 4-month-old son, who also had injuries, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition but he's doing much better.
"It's shocking to see adults treating kids the way these two did," Allred said. "It's shocking is what it is."
Javonovich and Marchant have yet to make their first appearances in court.
Allred said the Department for Children and Families has been involved with these specific children and parents, but there are no police reports about abuse. Marchant has two other children and Javonovich has one other child.
Police said Thursday that Zaiden was 2 years old. Allred said Monday that he was 3.