Brian Edgar, aged 9 years, died of asphyxiation after a sock was put in his mouth and he was covered from head to toe in duct tape as a punishment for stealing cookies. Doctors found that the boy had been bound extremely tightly around the chest and that he had vomited after being bound. Brian’s parents, Neil and Christy Edgar, who served as leaders of God’s Creation Outreach Ministry, had adopted him two years before. An autopsy revealed that the boy had been dead for several hours before being brought to the hospital, and that wounds on his wrists and ankles suggested he had been bound with a rope in the past. Neil and Christy Edgar and babysitter Chastity Boyd were each sentenced to life in prison, convicted of the first degree murder of Brian and abuse of two other adopted children. It was reported that Christy Edgar, who refers to herself as a prophet, claimed that God told her to tie up her children as a method of punishment. The family homeschooled.
Date: December 31, 2002 Location: Overland Park, Kansas