‘This Could’ve Been Prevented,’ Father Speaks Out After Infant Son Killed

HOLLY, Mich. (June 16, 2014) – A father whose infant son was murdered last month says it could have been prevented if only the warning signs hadn’t been ignored.

It’s a grief only a parent can understand. Vic Burm’s son Carson, seven months old, died from shaken baby syndrome and head trauma on May 30.

“I cry a lot,” Burm said. “I get really emotional, and I try not to, and the only thing that helps me not is to look and still see the image of his face.”

Police arrested Steven Eric Shaw and charged him with baby Carson’s murder. Shaw was the live-in boyfriend of Carson’s mother, Laura Kidney. Police said the incident happened inside Kidney’s apartment in Coldwater.

“I am more shocked than anything,” Burm said.

Burm, who lives in Holly, said Carson and his sister stayed with him every other weekend. He said he never suspected Shaw would harm them.

Following Carson’s death, Burm said, he learned during a custody hearing regarding Carson’s older sister that child protective services had contacted Kidney to warn her about Shaw’s past. A worker testified during that hearing that she told Kidney that Shaw shouldn’t have contact with her and Burm’s children due to the fact that Shaw lost custody of his own kids. It was a warning that the worker said Kidney ignored.

“What is wrong with you?” Burm said. “I mean, why, why wouldn’t you listen to somebody that’s…that deals with kids all the time and knows his background and is trying to warn you? Why wouldn’t you listen?”

There were other signs of possible abuse in which Kidney wasn’t made aware. According to court documents, Carson was taken to the hospital two weeks before he was killed after Kidney found him bleeding from the ears.

Doctors, according to the records, diagnosed Carson with an ear infection. However, a doctor at a different hospital stated this was an indication of head trauma that should’ve been looked into further by a medical professional.

“This whole situation could’ve been prevented,” Burm said. “It’s sickening that it could’ve been. A little more effort could’ve been put into and this could’ve been prevented.”

It’s a message that Burm said he hopes other parents will listen to.

“It’s hard to kind of grasp that if you’re loved one could actually do this, but give it a chance…actually listen to someone that’s trying to warn you about it and just think about it,” Burm said. “It’s better safe than sorry.”

Burm said the thought that Carson’s death could’ve possibly been prevented makes it difficult for him to get out of bed. Still, he said there’s one thing that keeps him going.

“He’s (Carson) up there and he’s looking down and he’s making sure everything’s OK,” Burm said. “He’s not suffering anymore.”

Kidney was not charged in the incident. Shaw, who is undergoing a mental exam to see if he’s competent to stand trial, is expected back in court in July.

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7 comments

  • Anjelica Grinnell

    Carson was my cousin, though I don't believe I ever had the chance to meet him. The idea that his mother (who I've been told I'm related to him through) would ignore a sign like that is gut wrenching. Honestly, family or not, if she knew that he had priors of hurting children and she still allowed her children near him, she should be charged with child endangerment, if nothing else.

  • Laughmore

    I'm sorry for your related ties to this death. I realize she was at work at the time but honestly, she does not look terribly bright to begin with. I suppose it's very possible she was an easy target for him to BS. Still, if the child had prior injuries then she is just as guilty. I'm sure she was capable of adding 2+2, especially after being warned by CPS. I hope she never sees the older child again and gets fixed because she doesn't deserve the joy of having and raising children.

  • tracyd112

    A tragic loss another young child lot to the hands of MONSTERS. But this can also be used as a wake up call for all Mothers ands Fathers if you feel the need to bring children into this world then step up and be in there life.s .Once it was brought out in court the very first time this Father or any in the future need to step up and file for custody.Before People jump on me I am a single Father and have been for 4 years now.But when we play house and start a family we are parents full time for the rest of our life's .
    We as the Adults need to put OUR WANTS AND NEEDS TO THE SIDE FOR AWHILE AND TEND TO WHAT IS NOW IMPORTANT TO US THE CHILD WE BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD. Guys and Women feel the fear of being alone so they move the first person into there home with the children not really knowing the person.I went through it was I was little and I said I would never let that happen if I ever brought a child Into this world.WHAT I AM SAYING IS PEOPLE PLEASE BE IN YOUR CHILDS LIFE EVEN IF IT MEANS GIVING UP YOUR RUNNING AND HANGING OUT OR DATING FOR AWHILE AS YOU BROUGHT THIS CHILD INTO THIS WORLD THEY DID NOT ASK TO BE HERE.EVEN IF YOU AND YOUR PARTNER SPLIT YOU STILL NEED TO BE INVOLVED DAILY NO MATTER WHAT TAKE YOUR CHILD SO THE OTHER CAN WORK SWITCH WEEKENDS SO IT GIVES BOTH A RELIEF FOR A COUPLE DAYS A MONTH. I AM ONLY POINTING BLAME ON THE MONSTER THAT DONE THIS BUT ALSO TO REACH OUT AND REMIND OTHERS CHILDREN RELY ON US FOR EVERYTHING AND THAT MEANS PROTECTION .

  • the father

    Nobody know either one of us sonobody has the ryte to say anything bad where going threw enough right now can everyone just drop it we both were great parents and still are so back off please she is a great persob !

  • guilty

    The mother should be charged with neglect at the least. She was warned and did nothing to prevent it. Sorry you suffered at the hands of a monster and your mother failed you precious little one.