A landlord in Wichita, Kansas discovered the body of a toddler on Saturday while cleaning out a previously-rented home. The Wichita Eagle reports that he found a concrete structure in the house, which was exuding a strong odor. He reported the smell to police, who found the remains of a 3-year-old boy.
The previous tenants, Stephen Bodine, 40, and Miranda Miller, 36, were both arrested on unrelated charges: Bodine was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and aggravated interference with parental custody, and Miller was also arrested on suspicion of aggravated interference with parental custody, according to Crime Online. Those charges will now likely be upgraded, pending results from the medical examiner.
Neighbors told the Wichita Eagle that they didn’t know the couple and never saw them with a child. But many did see the couple with dozens of flyers about a missing child attached to their car one memorable day. A crowd of 50 people stood outside their rented home, chanting “Bring him home.” Evan Brewer, Miller’s son, was featured on the posters. The child was reported missing on July 6, according to the Daily Haze.
Miller did not have custody of the child. Evan’s father and step-mother had been trying to find him. According to the child’s step-mother, Bodine threatened to “chop her up” when she and the child’s father went to the home where human remains were later found.
She posted about the incident on Facebook in August. The post read, “I knock on the door where my stepson was last seen (which is supposedly vacant) and this guy Stephen Bodine aka Bo yells thru the door and says he’s holding him hostage in the basement, threatens to “chop” me up “into little pieces” and proceeds to open the door, tries to attack with a hatchet, then busts our tire. I got it all on video and YES police were called. Please keep an eye out especially if you’re around the area of May St. And Vine near Pawnee and Seneca!!!”
WARNING: Video Contains Graphic Language
[Photo: Wichita Police Department]