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Saturday, 23 December 2017

Horrifying photographs show abuse of boy, three, who was 'murdered by his mother and stepfather before they tried to hide his body in a slab of concrete'

  • Evan Brewer's body was found in a concrete slab in Wichita, Kansas, in September
  • It was found in the laundry room of the home he lived in with mother Miranda Miller, 36, and Stephen Bodine, 40
  • Police later found a trove of photographs and videos which show Evan being abused
  • They were dated in March and May 2017, after his biological father made reports to police of abuse in the home which were ignored 
  • Evan is naked in most of them and standing with his hands behind his back as Bodine yells 
  • Bodine's ex-wife and other children have since told police how abusive he is  
  • Miller and Bodine are now awaiting their first court date on federal murder charges 
  • Evan is the grandson of former gubernatorial candidate Carl Brewer  

  • Photographs document the horrifying abuse of a three-year-old boy at the hands of his mother and stepfather who are accused of murdering him, it has been alleged. 
    The images were referred to in the arrest affidavits of Miranda Miller, 36, and Stephen Bodine, 40, who are both facing federal murder charges for the death of three-year-old Evan Brewer. 
    They were found in a Google account called 'ballbuster' which was assigned to the email address Evanbrewer67@gmail.com. 
    Investigators believe they were taken with WardenCam, an app which turns home devices like smartphones and tablets into security cameras by activating their cameras when they sense motion.  
    Police found the files after Evan's body was found encased in concrete in the small laundry room in the home he once lived in with his mother and Bodine in Wichita, Kansas, in September.  
    The slab was discovered after the couple had moved out by the landlord. Miller and Bodine were already in custody after being arrested days earlier as they tried to move out the house. 

    Evan Brewer, three, was tortured in videos and photographs which his mother and stepfather recorded before they killed him and encased his body in a slab of concrete, it has been alleged
    Evan Brewer, three, was tortured in videos and photographs which his mother and stepfather recorded before they killed him and encased his body in a slab of concrete, it has been alleged

    They were held for breaching a custody order issued months earlier which gave full custody to Evan's father. His mother and Bodine had been ignoring it for months.
    His father reported ongoing domestic abuse at the home and a social worker investigated it in May but Miller claimed Evan was out of town with his 'sister'.  
    By the time he was eventually found, Evan's body was so badly decomposed that it is not clear what kind of injuries he sustained, how or when he died. 
    The videos discovered by police were time stamped and included abuse in March and May. Evan was last seen alive in July. 
    In September, his remains were found wrapped in a Ninja Turtles bed sheet, towels and roof tarp. 
    Bodine and Miller are both awaiting their first court appearance for his murder. 
    Among the photographs and videos which police found after their arrest is one which allegedly shows his mother spanking his bare buttocks in a bed, shouting at him for moving around.
    Another allegedly shows Evan standing naked with a chain around his neck, standing on a piece of cardboard on top of wooden pallets. 
    One photographs how him standing naked with a belt tied around his neck.
    In other footage, Bodine can allegedly be heard shouting: 'Here you go tough smart guy. Think you can hear me coming now? Think you are so smart? Bet you you're not.'  

    Miranda Miller and Stephen Bodine, Evan's mother and stepfather, are charged with his murder
    Miranda Miller, 36, and Stephen Bodine, 40,  Evan's mother and stepfather, are charged with his murder 

    In the videos obtained by police, Evan appeared standing naked with his hands behind his back, sometimes with a belt around his neck 


    In others, Evan appears naked in the same small room as Bodine shouts at him: 'I'm f***** sick of you. You're going to lose everything.' 
    In addition to the first reference of the photographs, their arrest affidavits also reveal the long timeline of alleged abuse which led up to the discovery of Evan's body. 
    Evan was last seen alive by his biological father Carlo Brewer in March 2017 when he saw him with what he thought was a broken nose. 
    When he asked Miller if she had been abusing him or if Bodine had, she lashed out and threatened that he would never see the boy again, he claimed. 
    He told police about it and they tried to contact Miller and Bodine at their home but there was no answer, it is claimed. 
    It was not until July that Brewer was awarded full time custody of Evan.  That is when police began trying to remove him from the care of Bodine and Miller. 
    They spent a month pinning notices to their front door to tell them to hand the child over but little more was done.
    On August 30,  the couple told their landlord they were planning to move out and their neighbor called police. 
    They were arrested on their way out of the home with a U-Haul truck. 
    Once in custody, they refused to say where Evan was and the pair were held for breaching the custody order. 
    It was not until September 2 that Evan's body was discovered when the landlord went into the property the couple had fled to clean it.  

    TIMELINE OF ABUSE 

    March 12: Timestamp on video of Evan standing naked being shouted at 
    March 19: Carlo Brewer made report to Kansas Dep. for Children and Families that his son Evan had a broken nose
    March 24: A social worker spoke with Miranda and Evan at her office. She noted he had a small abrasion on his back too but he was allowed back into her care
    April 22: Carlo reports ongoing physical abuse at the home
    May 1: Social worker goes to speako to Bodine
    May 2: Same social worker as before sees Miranda and she tells her Evan is in Oklahoma with her sister
    May 4: Carlo reports again that he hasn't seen Evan since March 19 and cites a friend's concerns that Bodine was beating Evan and Miranda
    July 17: He is granted custody and a notice is taped to the front door of home
    August 3: Another police officer goes to house, finds Bodine but he says neither Miranda nor Evan are still living there
    August 11: Bodine tells Carlo and a friend that they have gone to Oklahoma
    August 30: Bodine and Miranda are arrested trying to move out house
    September 2: Landlord finds concrete slab with Evan's body inside  


    By the time Evan's body was found, it was so badly decomposed that experts could not determine how or when he died 



    The abuse was filmed at the couple's home in Wichita, Kansas (Above) which is where police found Evan's body encased in concrete in September 

    'While working in the utility room located at the back of the residence, he attempted to remove a carpet covered platform that had tool boxes stacked on top of it,' the arrest affidavit reads. 
    'The platform was much heavier than he expected so he removed the tool boxes and pulled off the carpet
    'He found that it was a large block of concrete with a wooden lower frame and caster wheels. The block is large enough to encase a child's body.

    Evan's father last saw him on March 19 and reported that he had a broken nose. He called police several times between then and September, when his body was finally found, to report abuse but nothing was done to remove Evan from his mother and Bodine's care 
    Evan's father last saw him on March 19 and reported that he had a broken nose. He called police several times between then and September, when his body was finally found, to report abuse but nothing was done to remove Evan from his mother and Bodine's care 
    'He then drove to a tool store and purchased a sledge hammer to break it open.

    He returned to the residence and started hitting the block to break it open because he feared Evan was inside. He struck the block breaking deeper into the concrete and was hit by a rotten odor emanating from it. 
    'He believed the smell was Evan's body so he stopped and called 911,' it reads.
    When the police officer arrived, he told her he was crying while 'he swung the sledge hammer because he feared Evan was inside and that the concrete block reminded him of a tomb.' 
    Police have not yet been able to determine when or how Evan was killed. 
    When they searched the home, they found a receipt for concrete, a threaded rod and a concrete trowel. It was dated May 26.
    Friends of the couple have since told police that they took and dealt methamphetamines. 
    One person told police that Bodine allowed men to molest his daughters from a previous relationship in exchange for drugs. 

    Miller and Bodine were arrested in August as they tried to leave their home. Both refused to tell police where Evan was. Months earlier, the boy's mother told social workers he was with her sisterMiller and Bodine were arrested in August as they tried to leave their home. Both refused to tell police where Evan was. Months earlier, the boy's mother told social workers he was with her sister
    Miller and Bodine were arrested in August as they tried to leave their home. Both refused to tell police where Evan was. Months earlier, the boy's mother told social workers he was with her sister 

    According to people who sometimes looked after Evan, he was constantly terrified and would flinch at the slightest sound of a raised voice. 
    He was particularly scared of Bodine, they said, and would sometimes wet himself at home to avoid having to cross paths with him in their home. 
    According to Bodine's former wife and his daughter, he was abusive, violent and prone to beating children. 
    They told of how he kept his daughter's head under water on three occasions for so long that she would have to be revived by CPR. 
    The affidavits also cite inmates who Bodine apparently confessed to once in jail that Evan was dead. 
    He allegedly told them that he helped his mother get rid of the body at her request. 
    Bodine and Miller are both due in court for their preliminary hearings on January 11. Both are charged with first degree murder and child abuse. 
    Evan's father has since hired an attorney and claims the system failed his son. It is not clear yet if he plans to file civil action.  

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