The Kansas City Star, Jan. 10, 2003
By TONY RIZZO
First-degree murder charges were filed today in Johnson County District Court against the parents and baby sitter of 9-year-old Brian Edgar.
first-degree felony murder and two counts of child abuse, also a felony.
The child abuse charges involve two other children the Edgars had adopted, a 9-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy.
Brian Edgar died of asphyxiation after he was bound and gagged and his mouth was taped shut the night of Dec. 29, the Wyandotte County coroner said. Neil Edgar took Brian’s body to KU Med the next morning.
The Wyandotte County district attorney’s office filed murder charges against the Edgars on Dec. 31, when authorities thought Brian had been killed at a house that the Edgars own at 750 N. 82nd Terrace in Kansas City, Kan.
Later, however, authorities determined that the boy died at a house the Edgars were renting at 15718 Birch St. in southern Overland Park.
Wyandotte County officials were expected to dismiss their charges once the Johnson County charges were filed.
The Edgars and Boyd are expected to make their first appearance in Johnson County on Monday. They have been held in the Wyandotte County jail on $2 million bond each.
The Edgars run God’s Creation Outreach Ministry in Kansas City, Kan.