WICHITA, Kan. A probable cause affidavit released Wednesday details the case against a woman and her boyfriend, charged with murder in the death of a 3-year boy at a south Wichita home.
Courtesy Carol Brewer
The remains of Evan C. Brewer were discovered Sept. 2 inside a Wichita house where his mother once lived.
The boy's mother, Miranda Miller, and her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine, were charged in his death. The affidavit released Wednesday includes a timeline leading up to the discovery of Evan Brewer's body in a concrete structure in a home on South Vine where Miller and Bodine had lived.
On Sept. 2, the affidavit says the property's owner went to the home and started cleaning. While working in the utility room, the property owner attempted to move a carpet-covered platform that had tool boxes stacked on top of it.
"The platform was much heavier than (the property owner) expected so he removed the tool boxes and pulled off the carpet," the affidavit says.
The property owner found that the platform was a large block of concrete with a wooden lower frame and caster wheels. The property owner used a sledgehammer and began working to break the concrete block, fearing Evan Brewer's body could be inside. This turned out to be the case.
During a search, the concrete block was removed and opened at the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center.
"Inside, the human remains of a child were located," the affidavit says. "The remains were wrapped in what appeared to be several layers. These layers included black tar/felt roofing paper, a fitted bed sheet with Ninja Turtle characters on it, grey duct tape, linoleum flooring and bath towels."
The affidavit says Evan's body was too badly decomposed to determine a cause of death. It says items found in the concrete structure with Evan's body belonged to Bodine and Miller.
Evidence also includes video of physical abuse against Evan, the affidavit says.
Police say while Bodine was in jail on unrelated charges, fellow inmates said he told them Evan was dead and it was Miller's fault.
Prior to being charged with Evan's murder, Bodine and Miller were already in jail on separate charges. Investigators took several months to file the murder charges.
Police say Miller shared custody of Evan with the boy's father, Carlo Brewer.
Defense attorneys in the case fought to keep information in the affidavit sealed. Eyewitness News fought for the information. and continues to push for answers as the case goes to trial.
You can read full details of the case in the affidavit.