Psych evaluation for man accused of killing child

A mug shot of Steven Eric Shaw.
A mug shot of Steven Eric Shaw.

COLDWATER, Mich. (WOOD) – A scheduled preliminary exam has been postponed while Steven Eric Shaw undergoes a forensic psychiatric evaluation.

The psychiatric evaluation was requested by Shaw’s attorney.

Shaw, 43, was arrested by Coldwater Police on June 1 in connection with the death of 7-month-old Carson Burm. On June 2, Branch County Prosecutors charged Shaw with open murder.

Shaw lived with the victim’s mother, her 2-year-old and 7-month-old children in an apartment on Cutter Avenue in Coldwater, according to a release.

On May 28, Shaw called 9-1-1 and told authorities Burm wasn’t breathing.

When the Coldwater Fire Department and LifeCare Ambulance arrived, they found the 7-month-old didn’t have a pulse and wasn’t breathing. They started CPR and took Burm to the hospital where he died.

Medical staff told investigators Burm’s injuries were lethal and had immediate medical consequences. Shaw’s version of events was not consistent with Burm’s severe head injuries, police said.

An autopsy was performed on June 2 and the results haven’t been released yet.

Burm’s mother, Laura Kidney, was working during the time of the incident, leaving Shaw to watch her two children and a child of a family friend, according to police.

The friend picked up her child around 11:30 p.m. and told police the children were all okay when she left the apartment.

Based on medical information, Burm was injured right before the 9-1-1 call when Shaw was watching the children.

Even though Shaw has been arrested, the case remains under investigation, according to Coldwater Police.

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