The Kansas Department for Children and Families reportedly received eight tips in 13 months about Evan Brewer, the toddler who was found buried in a cement structure in September.
Documents obtained by The Wichita Eagle revealed that multiple calls were made to DCF from March 20 to August 31, 2017. The calls ranged from his mother’s apparent drug use to injuries seen on the child.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, homeowners found Brewer’s body in the home where his mother, Miranda Miller, and boyfriend, Stephen Bodine, previously lived. In December, the pair were charged with child abuse and felony murder in connection with the 3-year-old’s death.
In March, two reports were made about bruises on Brewer. The second report wasn’t investigated, however, because it came too soon after the first.
The first case was closed in May, according to the newspaper.
On May 14, a caller said that the boyfriend was choking the child then resuscitating him using CPR. The file indicated that a social worker didn’t find any signs of neglect or abuse and closed the case.
After Brewer’s body was found, however, the May 14 file was modified to reflect that those allegations weren’t investigated because they were too similar to May 4 call. As a result, a regional social worker, DCF supervisor, and program administrator reportedly “had [no] knowledge of the additional allegations,” according to the documents.
“I don’t feel like this is a wound that will ever heal,” the slain boy’s father, Carlo Brewer, told KSN in November. “It’s really that difficult. I feel failed. I feel like everybody failed Evan. I wish there was something else that I could have done.”
[Featured Image: Evan Brewer/Wichita police]