Although police haven’t officially announced that the body of a 3-year-old boy found sealed in cement at a Wichita rental home on Sunday is of Evan Brewer, the child’s family spoke out on Tuesday about his short life, and how his mother truly loved him, but let drugs get in the way.
“I will never get to hold him. I will never get to hold his little hand. I will never get to kiss him and it’s just a damn shame,” said Jason Bezdek, the little boy’s uncle.
Evan Brewer's uncle describes the relationship between the toddler and his mother, Miranda Miller.https://t.co/84pW5KU2RA
— Emily Younger (@eyoungerKSN) September 6, 2017
Bezdek’s sister, Miranda Miller, 36, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated interference with parental custody after the child’s father, Carlo Brewer, went to residence at 2037 South Vine in Wichita, searching for his son. Brewer never found his son, although Miller had no custodial rights to the boy.
Miller’s boyfriend, 40-year-old Stephen Bodine, was also arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated interference with parental custody, after he allegedly threatened the boy’s father and stepmother, and popped their car tire with a hatchet after they approached him about Evan’s whereabouts.
On Sunday, the owner of the residence was cleaning out the house after the suspects were evicted, when he noticed a foul odor coming from inside a cement structure. Police later opened the structure and found the remains of a little boy, likely Evan, who had been missing for months. The Wichita Medical Examiner’s Office is currently working on a positive identification, although authorities indicated that the remains found are likely Evan.
KWCH reports that Miller’s family was concerned about Evan and tried to get state agencies to step in for months before the boy disappeared. In March, Carlo Brewer told police he had not seen his son in over a month and begged for assistance. In May, he filed a Protection from Abuse Order (PFA) and according to the order, there were signs of abuse filed by the Department of Family and Children Services that spanned back to 2016.
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.
Weeks before the boy was discovered lifeless in cement, a group of around 40 to 50 people showed up at Miller’s previous residence at Vine Lane, chanting for the boy’s safe return. Neighbors said they never knew Miller or Bodine and never saw them with the child.
Carlos Brewer is still too shaken to speak publicly about his son, but his lawyer spoke on his behalf and said the little boy loved Batman, Lego toys, and had “an infectious smile.”
Bodine is being held in jail on a $260,000 bond, while Miller is being held on a $25,000 bond. Charges against the pair will likely be upgraded once authorities have official confirmation on the identity of the child.
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
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