Wichita woman pleads not guilty in death of her son

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita woman has pleaded not guilty in the death of her toddler son.

KSN-TV reports that 23-year-old Brandi Marchant appeared in court Monday. A trial date was set for Nov. 12.

Marchant and Patrick Javonovich are both charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in the April death of 2-year-old Zaiden Javonovich.

Police say Zaiden had been dead for days when his body was found in a crib in the family’s mobile home. An autopsy report ruled that 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.

Zaiden’s 4-month-old brother was initially hospitalized. That child has been removed from the home.

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