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Evan Brewer's Mother, Boyfriend Face Charges In Wichita Toddler’s Death


Two people are facing charges in connection with the death of a Wichita toddler whose body was found encased in cement in September.

The Wichita Police Department says the boy’s mother, Miranda Miller, and her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine, are being held in the Sedgwick County jail on murder and child abuse charges.

Investigators found the body of three-year-old Evan Brewer in a concrete structure inside a Wichita home on Sept. 2. Brewer was the grandson of former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer.

Miller and Bodine were evicted earlier this year from the home they were renting on South Vine. Investigators say that as the landlord was cleaning out the house, he found the concrete structure and noticed an odor coming from it. Police removed the structure and discovered the remains of the boy inside.

Evan Brewer’s father, Carlo Brewer, contacted the Department for Children and Families back in March with allegations that his son was being abused. The toddler was living with Miller and Bodine at the time.

DCF investigated, and a court issued a protection from abuse order in July, but officers were unable to locate the mother or the child.

Officers found Miller and Bodine in late August and arrested them on child custody-related charges a week before the boy’s remains were discovered. The two have been in the Sedgwick County Jail since then.

The case is headed to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office this week.


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Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.