Brian Edgar

9-year-old Brian Edgar, died of asphyxiation after his mouth had been taped shut and something like a sock had been stuffed in it.  According to the coroner, there were signs that Brian had vomited and that he had been bound around the chest with a belt.  In addition, the autopsy showed  Brian had been dead for several hours before being brought to the hospital. There were bruises on his cheeks and old marks on his wrists and ankles, suggesting he probably had been bound with a rope in the past. 

He was punished by his adoptive mother for stealing cookies.

Neil and Christy Edgar, pastors of God's Creation Outreach Ministry were also charged with abusing 3 other adopted children. Christy Edgar was referred to as a prophet, and reportedly claimed God told her to tie up children as a discipline method.

Date: 2002-12-31
Placement type: Adoption
Type of abuse: Lethal physical abuse, Lethal neglect
Abuser: Adoptive mother
Home schooling: yes
Fundamentalist faith: yes


Overland Park, Kansas
United States
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Church member sentenced2004-02-06
Woman Gets Life in Prison for Son's Death2004-01-21
Church members sentenced on abuse charges2004-01-07
No Contest Plea in Kansas Church Abuse2003-11-14
'You must love discipline,' Edgar children were taught2003-09-27
Father, Sitter Guilty in Boy's Murder2003-09-25
Father begins testimony in Edgar murder trial2003-09-24
Former member of Edgars' church testifies she saw all three children bound2003-09-24
Testimony: Mother said God directed children's punishment2003-09-23
Victim's siblings testify in Edgar trial2003-09-23
Edgar children refused to implicate parents2003-09-20
Father told police he tied, gagged son before child died2003-09-19
Kansas woman pleads guilty in adopted son's death2003-09-18
Five women from church ordered to stand trial on child-abuse charges2003-07-30
Lawyers Argue About Evidence in Edgar Case2003-07-24
Parents, baby sitter of Brian Edgar to be tried together2003-05-05
Prosecutors oppose separate trials in death of 9-year-old2003-04-30
June trial date set in Edgar case2003-04-30
Christy Edgar requests separate trial in death of 9-year-old son2003-04-26
Two defendants to seek separate trials in Edgar case2003-04-18
Three charged with hogtying, killing boy are bound over for trial2003-04-18
Prosecutors present evidence in Brian Edgar's death2003-04-17
Church members wanted in abuse case turn themselves in2003-01-27
Judge Declines To Lower Bond In Boy's Death2003-01-24
Judge increase Edgars' bonds to $1 million2003-01-21
Edgars' finances, taxes are scrutinized2003-01-19
Bond reduced for couple accused of abusing, killing son2003-01-18
Seven charged with child abuse in Edgar case2003-01-16
Case against parents, baby sitter of Brian Edgar moves to Johnson County2003-01-11
Services held for boy who died of abuse2003-01-10
Edgars, baby sitter charged in Johnson County2003-01-10
'He was a very loving little guy'; Third person charged in death of KCK boy, 9 2003-01-03
Authorities search Overland Park house in Edgar investigation2003-01-03
Pastors charged in death of son appear in court2003-01-03
Church leaders make court appearance in child-abuse murder case2003-01-02
KCK church members support parents charged in boy's death 2003-01-02
Church leaders charged in death; Abuse killed son, prosecutors think 2003-01-01


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