Competency hearing ordered for Wichita man accused of killing son

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From left: Patrick Javonovich, Brandi Marchant  and Zaiden Janonovich From left: Patrick Javonovich, Brandi Marchant and Zaiden Janonovich

A Wichita man charged with the death of his 2-year-old son earlier this year will undergo a competency evaluation and hearing before the case proceeds. 

Patrick Javonovich, 28, is charged first-degree murder, two counts of child abuse and one count of aggravated child endangerment in the death of Zaiden Javonovich. 

Javonovich appeared in court on Tuesday where his attorney said her client suffered a brain injury due to an assault in jail. 

The toddler's mother, 23-year-old Brandi Marchant, faces the same charges and pleaded not guilty on Monday. 

Police say Zaiden had been dead for days when his body was found April 11 in a crib in the family's mobile home in the 4500 block of South Hydraulic. An autopsy determined the child found bound in pajamas died of dehydration and starvation, and his brain tested positive for methamphetamine.

Patrick Javonovich is scheduled to be in court Tuesday.

Marchant's 4-month-old son, who also had injuries, was initially hospitalized. He has been removed from the home.

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