Miranda Miller, the mother of young Wichita boy whose body was found encased in concrete, was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for the murder of her son, 3-year-old Evan Brewer.
Back in November, Miller pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, aggravated kidnapping, child abuse and aggravated endangering a child. Police believe Evan died in May 2017. His body was found that September after Miller and her boyfriend, Stephen Bodine, moved out.
At the sentencing hearing, several members of Evan’s family delivered impact statements to court.
Evan’s aunt, Carol Brewer, delivered an emotional statement.
“You didn’t just watch. You took part. I want you to feel pain just like he did,” she said. “All of our life, we were told to forgive, but this time, I won’t.”
Carol also asked to play a song written by local artists, 3hunit, Awari and Lyrical Miracle about Evan and child abuse victims. The entire courtroom became emotional.
Miranda Miller also delivered a statement while crying.
“I would like to apologize for my choices, and my actions that have brought us here today,” Miller said. “In the end, I failed as a mother to protect my child.”
The family was all dressed in blue and said they will continue to share Evan’s legacy and raise awareness for child abuse.
“This is another chapter in Evan’s book. I mean this is. I believe all of it’s gonna promote change. I think things are changing now,” said Carlo Brewer, Evan’s father.
Miller’s boyfriend at the time, Stephen Bodine, was convicted of murder and sentenced to more than 100 years in prison.
In Miller’s impact statement, she told the judge that her drug addiction and the control Bodine had over her were the reasons Evan is dead.
“She had every opportunity to give Evan to me, to give him to my sister, anyone,” said Carlo Brewer, Evan’s father. “Anyone would’ve taken Evan.”
“[Miller] was in the courthouse on May 4, 2017 while Evan was still alive, and I got her out of the seat away from Bodine and took her down in the jury room and talked to her and told her I could help her right then,” said Shayla Johnston, the Brewer family’s attorney.
“[Miller] didn’t fight for her son when he was alive and those tears were just tears,” said Carol Brewer. “Just her playing victim.”
The Brewer family asked that Miller to do her part while she is in prison and help raise awareness for child abuse victims. The family said they will do the same.
“It’s a message to parents out there who allow their children to be abused and then participate in it,” said Johnston.