People living near the Wichita, Kansas, rental home, where the body of a 3-year-old boy was discovered within a heavy concrete “coffin” on Saturday, said they never saw the child and didn’t know the people who lived there.
Neighbor Toni Freund recalled that a couple of weeks ago, she saw 30 to 40 people picketing outside the house and everyone in the neighborhood had missing child fliers attached to their cars.
“They were just saying, ‘Bring him home,’” she said Monday.
Freund said she never saw the child. Neither did Kathy Niblack or Richard Kathey, who all live within eyesight of the rental house where police recovered the remains of a toddler after the landlord reported a foul odor, authorities said.
The boy’s mother, Miranda Miller, 36, was living in the house with her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine. The two had already been arrested on different charges last week regarding a child custody case, KWCH-TV reported.
The station reported that Miller’s son, Evan Brewer, had been missing for a few months. Authorities have not identified the child or said whether the two are connected to the child’s corpse, but neighbors are seeing the evidence for what it is, having witnessed police taking the concrete structure the boy was found in out of the home. It was no easy task.
“I hate to say it, but it looked like a small coffin, ’cause it was like the size of a toddler bed, but very heavy,” one neighbor told reporters. “(It) took a forklift to get it out of the house.”
An attorney for the boy’s father, Carlo Brewer, told KWCH, “We have known this child has been missing for months at that location, and it was a 3-year-old’s body that was found.”
According to arrest reports, Stephen Bodine, 40, was arrested at the address on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated interference with parental custody. He’s being held on a combined $260,000 bond. The same day, Miranda Miller, 36, was arrested on the 1200 block of South Emporia on suspicion of aggravated interference with parental custody. She’s being held on a $25,000 bond.
In July, the father tried getting a court order to protect Evan from Bodine, the station reported, citing court documents.
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