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A Kansas couple has been charged with murder after their 3-year-old son was found dead in a crib with “obvious injuries.”
Wichita police believe the boy may have been dead for several days before he was discovered by officers in the home of Brandi Kai Marchant, 22, and Patrick Robert Javonovich, 28, during a domestic disturbance call to the home.
A 4-month old boy was also found at the home and was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
“It’s shocking to see adults treat their kids in the way these two were treated,” Wichita Police Capt. Brent Allred told The Wichita Eagle. “It’s, I say pathetic because that’s what it is.”
Wichita police were called to the home around 11:30 p.m. Thursday after a neighbor called 911 to report a domestic disturbance.
An officer arrived at the scene and initially spoke with Marchant and Javonovich outside the home, but decided to go inside to do a welfare check after the pair mentioned they had children.
Officers discovered the body of 3-year-old Zaiden Javonovich wrapped in a blanket and placed in a crib, KAKE reports.
He had “obvious injuries” although Allred declined to elaborate any further. The 4-month-old also exhibited an “obvious” need for medical attention and was brought to the hospital, where he has been improving, Allred told the local paper.
“There were obvious signs of neglect that could rise to the level of abuse,” he said.
Officers also noted that they were not able to find any food in the house.
Marchant and Javonovich each had other children that were not living at the house.
The couple was arrested and each were charged Tuesday with first-degree murder, two counts of child abuse and one count of aggravated child endangerment.
They are being held at the Sedgewick County jail.
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