Church Members Support Parents Accused Of Murder

Members Say They Never Saw Signs Of Abuse
The, Jan. 2, 2003

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Church members of God’s Creation Church spoke out Wednesday about the recent arrests of a pastor and his wife.

Neil Edgar and his wife, Christy, face first-degree murder charges in the death of their adopted son, Bryan, 7.

The congregation of God’s Creation Church gathered on the steps of the Wyandotte County Courthouse steps for a service of hymns, prayers, and public relations, KMBC’s Jeremy Hubbard reported.

“I mean, it seems like the media has convicted the Edgars before the due process of law has come about,” said Tony Edgar.

Hubbard reported that the church has come under fire recently, with some people calling it an abusive cult, since its leaders were thrown in jail and charged with murdering their own adopted son.

Prosecutors allege that Neil Edgar and his wife, Christy, stuffed a sock in Bryan’s mouth and then taped it shut; constricting his chest with a belt; and allegedly abused the boy by beating him.

Bryan was taken to the hospital on Dec. 30 already dead from asphyxiation, Hubbard reported.

Prosecutors said that the church teaches strict physical discipline. But church members said that is not true.

“And I love my brother. If he’s wrong, then let the justice system handle it,” Tony Edgar said.

Church members insist that they never saw any signs of abuse, and they say that they never saw anything but Christian leadership from the Edgars.

“We are supporting them, even in this dark hour. They have proven themselves as leader in our church. Of course, we love them and our hearts are heavy at this hour,” church superintendent Clifford Jackson said.

Hubbard reported that ex-church members paint a different picture of what has allegedly gone on there. One woman told KMBC that her child’s teeth were knocked out at the church for failing to learn Bible verses. A church member was also convicted of using a stun gun against child.

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