If Child Protective Services
comes to your home, once, okay, it could have been a mistake, if they
come a second time, you need to wake up, a third time, you need to LOSE
your children! Brian Kelsey
never had a clue that his grandson, Carson, was in danger because of a
man in the life of the child's mother:
"He was a seven month
old baby. He was happy, he was cuddly, ya know, he loved to
cuddled. He was a wonderful, little boy and unfortunately we're never
going to see
he'll grow up to be"
On May 29, 2014, a call came in to 911 about an unresponsive, seven
month old baby. First responders found the baby just as they were told,
unresponsive and blue. Carson was life flighted to Bronson Hospital
where he died the next day. Steven Shaw was the boyfriend of Laura
Kidney, Carson's mother and about two hours after she went to work,
Steven was calling 911. At the hospital, Doctors found that Carson had
a snapped spine and his brain was swollen and he had several other
fractures to his tiny little body:
"A monster took him.
More so, than just shaken baby syndrome. This man beat him like
would beat another man. Nobody should beat anyone this way, let alone a
old baby, for what? What was he doing? Was he crying? Was he hungry? If
compelled to interview her three times, why did CPS leave them kids in
times, come on, I mean, really? you are aware there's something wrong
if not you wouldn't have interviewed three times, but yet you still
kids in a home for this to happen"
Brian said that Carson had been taken to the emergency room on May 13th
because his mother found blood in his ear. At that appointment, he had
been diagnosed with a double ear infection and given antibiotics
"Supposedly at that
time he had a busted ear drum or a real bad ear infection. The trauma
said that bleeding from the ear is a sign of head trauma, not an ear
was a misdiagnosis at the Coldwater Hospital also, so there's two times
prevented and saved my grandchild's life"
After Carson died, another
Doctor said that blood is not a sign of ear infection and that it was a
sign of something more serious, that an investigation should have been
done for head trauma.
Steven Shaw was 41 years old when he was charged with homicide in the
death of this precious baby boy and he was held without bond.
Brian was at a custody hearing in which Carson's older sister was taken
in custody of CPS, while Carson's father was at the hospital holding
him while he was on life support:
"What do you tell your
22, 23 year old who's sitting in the hospital knowing that his son's
but never coming back? What do you say to him? There's nothing you can
say to him"
Brian said that his son ask him why this had happened, what could be
the purpose? Carson's organs were donated and the lives of five other
children, five families were changed because of the unselfish act of
one family. Brian though that maybe that was the purpose in what had
happened to Carson.
It was reported that Steven had two other children who had been taken
away and were placed into foster care and it came out in the
preliminary hearing that CPS had spoken to Laura and told her about
Steven having had his children taken away in the past, though she
hadn't been able to go into much detail because of privacy laws. Laura
said that she already knew that he had his children taken away and it
was obvious that she didn't care when she was told that Steven should NOT
be around children, especially
if he was going to be alone with them.
On her second visit, Steven was in the home when the CPS worker spoke
to Laura again, though she was able to go into more detail at that
point since Steven was there. Laura told her that she had never seen
any problems and she felt her children were not in any danger and that
she had no plans to stop leaving them alone with Steven.
As a mother myself, I can never understand when someone is told flat
out that someone should not be around their children and that advice is
ignored. I see over and over how these people act shocked and hurt when
something major happens to a child they had been warned to protect. If
someone tells you to protect your child from an abuser and you don't
listen, you're just as much to blame when something happens, as the one
who abused them. Just my opinion of course!
Vic Burm asked why CPS didn't take the children out of the home if she
thought Steven should not be left alone with them and was told that his
history of abuse was not towards children. It turns out that in 2012,
Steven lost custody of his children to their mother and when he showed
up for a visit without asking first, she had heard her seven year old
daughter screaming in the other room and when she checked, the daughter
was being held under her arms, up in the air. Police interviewed the
child who told them that Steven had choked her and then told her he was
going to kill her. That case was sent to the Prosecutors office and for
some reason, no charges or record of an arrest was ever found.
A neighbor testified that she had never seen Steven abuse the children
but on the 29th she had come home and when looking through the screen
door into their home, she said she saw Carson on the floor:
"Steven was actually
doing CPR on the baby. I asked him if he was okay, if he needed
help. He told me he didn't need an audience and then he told me to go
CPS removed the second child, a two year old girl, from the home
and was asking that Laura's parental rights be terminated in the case
of that child. Funny thing, CPS didn't take Carson out of the home and
was then placing the blame on Laura. I agree, Laura has no business
raising children, however, Carson and the little girl SHOULD
have been removed from the
home when Laura made it clear that she had no intentions of protecting
them from Steven.
In September of 2014, Steven was in court and the case was continued
until later in the month since Judge Kirk Kashian said though he had no
direct conflict of interest in the case, he didn't want to give any
impression of prejudice, so he recused himself from the case. Judge
Kashian had been the Judge in court when Steven had lost custody of his
two children to their mother as well as having proceedings before him
in the cause of Laura losing custody of her daughter.
in September of 2014, Steven was back in court and Chief Assistant
Prosecutor Valerie White was questioning Elizabeth Douglass, a Forensic
Pathologist who was in charge of the autopsy done on Carson. Valerie
testified that Carson had two fractured femurs and one broken tibia and
said that this was a problem for a non walking child. Judge Brent
Weigle heard how Valerie White found this to be "indicative" of child
abuse. The cause of death listed on the death certificate as skull
injuries to the bone above the brain. There was blood and bruising on
the brain and some of the fractures were wide enough to have been
caused the swelling in the brain, she added that this type of injury is
typical of what would be seen in a car crash:
"This is not accidental
Laura said that Steven had gotten out of bed at about 11:00 a.m. that
day so that he could watch the children while she went to work and when
she left, Carson was acting just fine after he had eaten his breakfast,
he was in his bouncy seat in front of the television.
As of today's date, November 6, 2014, I can find no more information
about this case.