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Family Speaks Out After 7-Month-Old Is Killed

Posted at 11:30 AM, Jun 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-06-02 16:25:56-04

COLDWATER, Mich. (June 2, 2014)–The family of a 7-month-old boy who was killed last week is speaking out.

According to family, Carson Burm, was taken to a hospital in Coldwater on Thursday with several injuries, including a shattered skull and a broken collar bone. The boy was then flown into Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

On Sunday, 41-year-old Steven Shaw was taken into custody and charged with homicide.

Family tells FOX 17 the child was left with the suspect while the boy’s mother went to work. Family said the suspect is the mother’s fiance. They said the suspect called 911 on Thursday, saying Carson was unresponsive and foaming at the mouth. When emergency crews arrived, family said, the 7-month-old was in cardiac arrest. He died on Friday.

A family spokesperson said CPS was called to the home where the boy lived on three separate occasions. They said they learned this during a custody hearing on Friday, where the boy’s older sister was taken into protective custody.

The family said this was the first they’ve heard of any child abuse against Carson. FOX 17 looked into the suspect’s criminal record and found that he has been charged with embezzlement, fraud, larceny and drug charges in the past.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned in a Branch County courtroom Monday afternoon.