WICHITA, Kan. – The Latest on a Wichita couple whose 3-year-old son was found dead at their mobile home (all times local):
Prosecutors have filed murder charges against a Wichita couple whose 3-year-old had been dead for days when his body was found in a crib in their mobile home.
The parents of Zaiden Javonovich made their first court appearances Tuesday. His 22-year-old mother, Brandi Kai Marchant, and 28-year-old father, Patrick Janovich, both face five charges.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the charges include first-degree murder with underlying felonies of neglect and abuse, two counts of abuse of a child and aggravated endangerment of a child.
Police last week responding to a domestic disturbance between the parents found the parents walking outside their Wichita home before checking on the children inside where the found the older boy's body. A 4-month-old boy who was taken from their home Thursday in critical condition is improving.
Police say child welfare authorities had received abuse reports about a Wichita couple whose 3-year-old had been dead for days when his body was found in a crib in their mobile home.
Capt. Brent Allred says an autopsy will determine the cause of death for Zaiden Javonovich, whose parents were booked into jail last week on suspicion of murder. Police also say a 4-month-old boy who was taken from their home Thursday in critical condition is improving.
Police responding to a domestic disturbance first encountered the parents as they walked back to the home. Police said they hadn't received abuse reports and provided no details on the Kansas Department for Children and Families' involvement with the family.
The agency told KSNW-TV reports that it won't release details while it's investigating.