A mother and her boyfriend have been arrested in connection with the death of a 3-year-old boy whose body was found in concrete.
Wichita Police told KWCH that Miranda Miller and Stephen Bodine were booked on Monday morning on felony murder and child abuse charges.
The pair are believed to have killed 3-year-old Evan Brewer, Miller’s son.
Authorities discovered the child’s remains encased in concrete inside a south Wichita home in September.
The Wichita Eagle reported that Brewer’s body was found by a landlord who was cleaning the home after evicting Miller and Bodine.
The landlord reportedly discovered a concrete structure, which was omitting a strange odor, Wichita Police told the publication.
He contacted authorities, who discovered the remains. They were later positively identified as the toddler’s.
Police told KWCH the district attorney will make a formal decision about the charges against Miller and Bodine by the end of the week.
The couple has been in custody on charges not related to Brewer’s death since his body was discovered on Sept. 2.
According to the Wichita Eagle, the pair were taken into custody on counts related to child custody.
Brewer’s father, Carlo Brewer, reportedly contacted authorities with concerns for his son’s welfare in the days before his death.
Evan Brewer’s remains were found encased in concrete inside the home he shared with mother Miranda Miller and her boyfriend Stephen Bodine.
(Kansas Missing Report)
Police said authorities went to Miller’s home, conducted surveillance and contacted neighbors in an effort to locate the 36-year-old Miller.
At the time, she’d been named in a protection from abuse order, according to the newspaper. The document, filed by the child’s father, detailed a number of instances of alleged abuse dating back more than a year.
One allegation in the document, obtained by the Wichita Eagle, cited an injury to Evan’s nose and stated that the boy was “filthy and without appropriate clothing.”
A witness statement in the order alleged that the child had been beaten “to the point of death” while in the mother’s care.
There were also orders filed against Bodine, 40, according to the outlet.
Police concluded that she was intentionally trying to evade law enforcement officials and had likely gone outside state lines.
The boy’s stepmother, Sara Kirby, told the outlet she and her husband are “relieved” by the charges against Miller and Bodine.
“Although we will never get over the loss of Evan we are extremely relieved to see these charges!” she said.
Carl Brewer, a local Gubernatorial hopeful and Evan’s grandfather, thanked investigators who worked his grandson’s case for bringing them one step close to justice.
“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 trail will bring justice for Evan and begin healing our family,” he wrote.