Mother of Evan Brewer, boyfriend charged with felony murder

WICHITA, Kan. (AP and KWCH) Update: Two people are charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old Kansas boy whose body was discovered encased in concrete.

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 Wednesday in his death.

Bodine and Miller lived at the home where the boy's body was found. The child had been the subject of a custody battle for months.

A landlord cleaning out the home alerted police after finding a suspicious concrete structure emitting an odor.

The boy is the grandson of former Wichita mayor and gubernatorial candidate Carl Brewer.

Miller and Bodine are each being held on $500,000 bail.

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The mother of a three-year-old boy whose remains were found in a concrete box and her boyfriend have been booked into jail on felony murder and child abuse charges.

Wichita Police say Miranda Miller and Stephen Bodine were booked this morning on the amended charges in connection with Evan's death.

Three-year-old Evan Brewer's remains were found inside a south Wichita home in September.

Police say the District Attorney will make a formal charging decision later this week.

Bodine and Miller have been in custody on charges unrelated to his death since the discovery on September 2nd.

Sara Kirby, Evan's stepmom reacted to the charges saying, "Although we will never get over the loss of Evan we are extremely relieved to see these charges!"

Gubernatorial candidate Carl Brewer is Evan's grandfather. He responded to the news by writing, "I am grateful to the men and women who worked to investigate Evan’s death and those who will prosecute the case. We have hope the trial will bring justice for Evan and begin healing for our family."

Shayla Johnston, the family's attorney who is also part of the Brewer family issued a statement as well saying, "Our family sincerely appreciates the efforts of our Homicide Unit to piece together the difficult investigation into Evan's death due to child abuse by Miranda Miller and Stephen Bodine. We pray that the Kansas Supreme Court and Office of Judicial Administration take note of Judge Nola Foulston's example in this case and cease the judicial practice of incarcerating parents for seeking protection for their children. Without Judge Foulston's Protection from Abuse and child support cessation orders, justice for Evan would not be possible. We also thank the Wichita community for the continued support and love shown to Carlo, Sara and their other four children. Please understand our silence during the remainder of this holiday season as they prepare for a funeral and a Christmas without Evan."