Update: Police say toddler was dead for days; DCF involved but won’t yet comment

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police provided an update on a boy that was found dead in a south Wichita mobile home Thursday.

Zaiden Javonovich, who police now report was 3 years old, was found unresponsive in a crib and wrapped in a blanket. 

Capt. Brent Allred said the child had been dead for days. However, an autopsy will determine Zaiden’s cause of death. 

“The coroner will let us know the extent of the injuries, the type of injuries the child had so we’ll wait,” said Capt. Allred.

Another 4-month-old boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition. He has improved according to police. 

Patrick Javonovich, 28, and Brandi Marchant, 22, were arrested on suspicion of felony murder. They were walking back to the home after being involved in a verbal disturbance. The two had left the children in the home and told police the children were inside. 

When asked about the condition of the home, police said there was food inside. They said there was no indication of drug abuse.

Police told KSN that they had received no reports of abuse at the home. However, they did reveal the Kansas Department for Children and Families has reports on the couple but declined to elaborate on how DCF has been involved or when the agency became involved. 

“We know DCF has reports or have been involved. I haven’t seen the reports. I suggest contacting DCF if you want more information,” said Capt. Allred. 

KSN News filed an open records request with DCF on Friday after learning of the child’s death to find out if the agency had any contact with the children or parents prior to the child’s death. KSN News was told we would have to wait on the investigation to be complete.

Again on Monday, KSN was told that while DCF is doing an active investigation, they will not release details regarding a specific child or family. 

The agency says its active investigation is being conducted separately from the Wichita Police Department, and if DCF determines that the child died due to abuse or neglect, the agency will release a summary of DCF’s involvement with that child or related family members. 

A DCF official would not say when the agency first learned of any concerns with either of the children in the case or the parents, or if there were investigations involving other family members. 

In 2018, Governor Jeff Colyer signed legislation that requires DCF to release a summary of the agency’s involvement with a child that died of abuse or neglect, including any department-recommended services provided for the child. 

Police said they presented the case to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office, who will determine what charges the two could face. 

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

If you know of a child being abused, contact police or National Child Abuse hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453

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