Archive for Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Slain child has ties to Basehor

Brian Edgar attended school district’s Virtual Charter School

January 22, 2003

A Kansas City, Kan., boy, who authorities say was killed by his adoptive parents, was a student at the Basehor-Linwood Virtual Charter School, school officials confirmed this week.

Brian Edgar, 9, along with 14 other students from God's Creation Outreach Church, 1015 Central Ave., attended the VCS for the past two years.

Edgar died Dec. 30 at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Authorities said the boy's arms and chest were bound, a sock was stuffed in his mouth and lips taped shut.

His adoptive parents, Neil and Christy Edgar, are charged in Johnson County District Court with first-degree murder. The family's 19-year-old baby sitter, Chastity Boyd, is also charged with first-degree murder.

The three are also charged in Johnson and Wyandotte county district courts with abusing other children.

The Edgars have not yet entered a plea in the case.

School officials said the children from the church participated in the VCS -- an online school offering courses via the Internet -- the past two years.

"We have always had a good relationship with them," said Cal Cormack, Basehor-Linwood School District superintendent. "We've never had a problem with any of the kids or the parents."

God's Creation set up a school at a building near the church. School officials visited the school and set up computers for the students when they enrolled two years ago.

Nothing appeared out of the ordinary during the visit, Cormack said.

"We've been shocked by all this," he said. "We never saw any evidence of (abuse)."

News of the boy's death, and the parents' alleged involvement was a shock to school district administrators. Students from the church were typically "well behaved, relaxed and very friendly," Cormack said.

Prosecutors in both Wyandotte and Johnson counties are aware of the boy's enrollment in Basehor-Linwood, school officials said.

Thus far, school officials have not been contacted as part of an investigation into the case.

Reportedly, God's Creation has not been open for service since the boy's death.

Students from the church are still enrolled at the VCS.

"They are still enrolled; however, we haven't had any contact with them lately," Cormack said.

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