Governor candidate Carl Brewer now 'focusing on the future' after grandson's death

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Focusing on the future. That's what Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Carl Brewer says he must do as he returns to the campaign trail.

He says he's prepared to answer questions about the death of his grandson, "We can't change what has happened there, but where do we go from here?"

Brewer says it drives him forward as he looks to become the next Governor of Kansas.

The former Wichita mayor's grandson, Evan Brewer, was found inside a concrete structure in a south Wichita home nearly a month ago.

"We're working through it, it's not an easy thing to do," says Brewer.

After taking time to grieve, Brewer says it's time to get back to the campaign trail.

"You can only stay at home for so long and stay within four walls," he says.

There are still many questions surrounding the three-year-old's death. Evan's mother, Miranda Miller, and her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine, lived at the home and remain in jail on charges related to the custody battle for Evan.

Factfinder 12 uncovered documents showing Evan's family was concerned for his safety and tried to get him help from the state and local law enforcement.

"From law enforcement to court systems, to child protection to health care, the list goes on and on and on. As to things that actually happened, that certainly elevated and caused me to have a higher priority for them," says Brewer.

He says he doesn't place the blame on any one agency but has concerns about what should have been done to save Evan.

As he moves forward, Brewer says he's prepared to share this personal tragedy with Kansas voters.

"Don't be afraid to talk to me about it, I'm not afraid to talk about it. It's something that's real and sometimes that's part of the healing process," says the candidate.