Fathers' rights group wants changes to family court after Brewer death

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In the days after Evan Brewer's death, many in the community were outraged over the boy's death after his father Carlo Brewer fought for his son in court.  John Thompson with the Kansas Fathers' Rights Movement says he is not surprised. 

"If I could do anything to take that pain away from that family I would," said John Thompson. 

The Kansas Fathers' Right Movement isn't just for fathers. The group gets calls from parents and families in similar situations. 

"I'm not surprised, it is horrible and it bothers me so much," said Thompson. 

Thompson says that Kansas family courts do not make decisions based on what is best for the child, but used other factors to determine who gets custody.

"You will be able to read the Kansas constitution that it says you can't make a judgment based on somebody sex or gender, but they absolutely do in family court and they will tell you that's what they do," said Thompson. 

Yet Shayla Johnston, Carlo Brewer's attorney and cousin, feels the issue isn't mothers versus fathers, but a court system unwilling to cut through red tape. 

"I don't think the problem is that mothers are given priority over fathers. I think that the problem is the court is giving priority to its own interests rather than children," said Johnston. 

KAKE News obtained court documents that illustrate a court system that prevented Brewer from being able to see his child. 

"Evan's life could have been saved if my cousin could have acted as a dad," said Johnston. 

Thompson hears stories like this from fathers, mothers, and grandparents regularly. 

"People are like holy crap, 'how did this happen?' And then you hear that the dad was fighting. You hear that the lawyer told the judge that we don't do something now this kid is going to end up murdered or dead and here we are," said Thompson. 

Thompson says if you are in a similar situation, first and foremost keep paying your child support. Click Here for more information on the Kansas Fathers' Rights Movement.

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