The family of Kansas toddler Ethan Brewer may finally receive justice for the little boy, who was found deceased and buried inside a cement structure. The child’s mother and her live-in boyfriend are facing felony child abuse and murder charges.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the owner of the residence at 2037 South Vine in Wichita was cleaning out his home in Sept. when came he across a concrete structure exuding a strong odor. Police arrived after the landlord reported the foul smell, and when authorities pulled the cement lid off, they found the little boy’s remains inside.
The previous tenants, identified as Stephen Bodine, 40, and Miranda Miller, 36, were both initially arrested on unrelated charges. Bodine was arrested at the address in question on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated interference with parental custody, while Miller was arrested off of South Emporia on suspicion of aggravated interference with parental custody. After months of investigation, charges for both Bodine and Miller were upgraded to murder charges, according to People.
“I am grateful to the men and women who worked to investigate Evan’s death and those who will prosecute the case,” said Evan’s father, Carl Brewer. “We have hope the trial will bring justice for Evan and begin healing for our family.”
Court records indicated that Miller had abused Evan while in her care. She was accused of leaving the boy in filthy clothes and dirty diapers. Another court document stated that Bodine had beaten Evan so severely that the child needed CPR. Yet, somehow, Miller still had the child in 2017. Police said they tried on several occasions to serve Miller with the PFA papers, but they couldn’t locate her.
Bodine was originally being held on a $260,000 bond, while Miller was being held on a $25,000 bond. With the upgraded charges, both suspects will remain behind bars without bail.
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