WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The Department for Children and Families says it has investigated two instances involving Zaiden Javonovich, the 3-year-old boy found dead earlier this month.

His parents, Brandi Marchant, 22, and Patrick Javonovich, 28, have been charged with first-degree murder in the case.

DCF responded to KSN’s open records request asking what involvement DCF had with the family or Zaiden, before the child’s death. DCF said it could not respond to the request for information until the agency independently confirmed that the child died due to abuse or neglect. The agency made that determination April 25, 2019, allowing for the below information to be released.

November 21, 2018, DCF received a report for an infant and mother testing positive for marijuana at birth. The 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,” according to the report. The report does not name the infant in the case, however when the Wichita Police Department found Zaiden dead in the home, they said a 4-month old boy was taken to the hospital for injuries. The child is said to be improving.

The case of marijuana was closed and reassigned as a “family in Need of Assessment Infant Positive for Substances.

According to the report: “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.”

The social worker created a “plan of Safe Care” on November 28, 2018. DCF completed a follow-up visit and completed a DCF safety plan. That case was closed on January 14, 2019.

In a separate incident, on November 5, 2017, DCF investigated an allegation of emotional abuse arising from allegations that “Brandi was making homicidal and suicidal statements in presence of children,” according to the report. DCF said the agency completed several interviews with those involved with phone and in-person visits. One child did report that a “homicidal statement mentioned the decedent,” meaning the child who died, Zaiden Javonovich. The allegation was unsubstantiated.

DCF explains in a report on their website that a determination of unsubstantiated means.

“A report of alleged or suspected child abuse or neglect is determined to be “unsubstantiated” if a reasonable person would conclude it is more likely than not (preponderance of the evidence) the facts or circumstances do not result in a finding of abuse and/or neglect per applicable Kansas Statutes Annotated (K.S.A.) and Kansas Administrative Regulations (K.A.R.)”

Patrick Javonovich and Marchant are awaiting court proceedings and being held on $200,000 bond in the Sedgwick County Jail.