DCF says Wichita toddler found dead had suffered physical abuse, neglect

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Kansas Department for Children and Families says that a 2-year-old Wichita boy who was found dead in his crib two weeks ago had suffered physical abuse and/or neglect. 

The agency said in an email to KAKE News on Thursday that it had complete its investigation in the case of Zaiden Javonovich. 

"A finding of substantiated physical abuse/physical neglect was made on April 25, 2019," the email said. 

Officers found Zaiden's body wrapped in a blanket in a crib late Thursday, April 11, while responding to a domestic disturbance at Riverside Mobile Home Park in the 4500 block of South Hydraulic.

Capt. Brent Allred said the following week that Zaiden suffered obvious injuries and an autopsy would determine exactly how long he'd been dead, but he said it had likely been days

There have been no updates on the status of that autopsy. 

Zaiden's parents, 28-year-old Patrick Javonovich, and 22-year-old Brandi Marchant were each charged with first-degree murder, two counts of child abuse and one count of aggravated child endangerment. 

Marchant's 4-month-old son, who also had injuries, was hospitalized. 

DCF provided the following previous reports concerning the family:

Nov. 21, 2018 – Report received for an infant and mother testing positive for marijuana at birth. Report initially assigned as an infant Alleged Victim (ALV) of child abuse/neglect on 11-28-18, with a same day response. Field staff determined it could not be investigated as child/abuse neglect because medical officials did not indicate the child’s health was negatively impacted by marijuana usage. Field staff requested event be closed and reassigned as Family In Need of Assessment (FINA) Infant Positive for Substances, which was done and a second event created. DCF social worker met with Brandi Marchant (Mother) and Patrick Javonovich (purported father) on 11-28-18.  The sibling and decedent child were both observed in the home and appeared healthy. Family had all necessary supplies for infant. A Plan of Safe Care (federally mandated under the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (“CARA”) was completed with Brandi and Patrick on 11-28-18. On 12-12-18, DCF worker completed a follow-up visit and completed the DCF Safety Plan with Brandi Marchant. Case was closed 1-14-19.

Nov. 5, 2017 – Report assigned for further assessment of allegation of emotional abuse arising from allegations that Brandi was making homicidal and suicidal statements in presence of children. DCF completed multiple interviews with those involved and phone and in-person visits with collateral contacts for the report. One child reported that homicidal statement mentioned the decedent. Allegation was unsubstantiated.

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