Man convicted of murder after shaking baby to death
A man who savagely attacked his partner’s baby daughter, leaving her with a fatal brain injury, has been convicted of her murder.
Millie Rose Burdett was admitted to hospital in December 2018 with a bleed on the brain after 23-year-old Davey Everson violently shook and threw her in a fit of rage. She died weeks later at just three months old.
Forensic examinations carried out after her death showed that Millie Rose had suffered a catalogue of significant injuries, including 23 broken bones, over the course of her short life.
Witnesses, including a social worker, health visitor and family members, described Everson being “heavy-handed” and “rough” when feeding Millie Rose, including causing bruising to her face when he winded her. He was referred for parenting classes by the social worker.
Millie Rose’s mother, Kirsty Burdett (25), who began a relationship with Everson when she was pregnant with Millie Rose, chose to cover up her partner’s actions, lying on his behalf to the authorities. However, her text messages to Everson revealed she recognised his trait of violence.
Burdett has been found guilty by the jury of causing or allowing the death of her daughter.
Senior Crown Prosecutor Rebecca Waller for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “This is a tragic case of a defenceless infant who suffered horrendous treatment at the hands of a violent man and was failed by her mother, who had a duty to protect her from harm.
“Both defendants repeatedly lied about Millie Rose’s frequent injuries. However, evidence from medical experts has enabled us to get to the truth of what happened to her during her short life, and secure Everson’s conviction for her untimely death.
“The jury have also concluded that Millie Rose’s mother did not take the steps she could and should have taken to keep her child safe, ultimately causing or allowing her death.”
Both defendants will return to the Central Criminal Court on Friday 12 September for sentence.
Notes to editors
- Millie Rose Burdett was born on 10 October 2018 and died on 11 January 2019
- Davey Everson (D.O.B. 23 March 1997) was convicted of murder in relation to the death of Millie Rose Burdett on 4 February 2021 at St Albans Crown Court
- Kirsty Burdett (D.O.B. 6 January 1996) was convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child in relation to the death of Millie Rose Burdett on 4 February 2021 at St Albans Crown Court
- Both defendants were also convicted of cruelty to a person under 16 years for their treatment of another child who cannot be identified due to ongoing reporting restrictions
- Both defendants will be sentenced on 12 February 2021 at the Central Criminal Court
- Rebecca Waller is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS Thames and Chiltern Complex Casework Unit.