Mum's fury as baby killer who shook her 15-week-old son to death is freed early and living nearby

Mum's fury as baby killer who shook her 15-week-old son to death is freed early and living nearby

January 29, 2022

A MUM has told of her fury after her baby's killer was released from prison early and living near her home.

Paul Burgess was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in 2016 for shaking Jade Caven's 15-week-old son Zaiidyn Burke to death.



The brute pleaded guilty to culpable homicide after inflicting fatal brain injuries when he was left in charge of the tot for an hour.

But just over four years after he was locked up, Burgess, 29, is now once again living less than 25 miles from Jade, leaving the mum furious.

Jade, 30, told The Daily Record: “This feels like a huge kick in the teeth.

“Where he’s been placed is just a drive away from my home in Dumfries. There’s every chance I could pass him in the street.”

She added: “I knew he was being considered for parole at Christmas and now he’s been allowed out for being a model prisoner.

"But he should never have been housed in Dumfries and Galloway.”

Burgess had a hangover when he assaulted Zaiidyn in October 2012, having spent the previous night drinking heavily and smoking cannabis.

We’ve never had an apology from him. Now, he’s allowed to live a normal life while mine is in ruins.

Burgess, who was Jade’s boyfriend at the time, was left with him for just an hour as Jade took daughter Miley to A&E with a head injury.

But he snapped when Zaiidyn would not feed and shook him violently.

Jade returned to see her baby's face turning blue — and he died in her arms in hospital two days later.

While Jade and Zaiidyn’s dad, Lee Burke, had stayed at the hospital, Burgess went to a party and got drunk.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how a CT scan of the baby's head and spine showed internal bleeding, which a doctor called the worst he’d seen in 20 years.

Jade said: “My life has been totally ruined and I still blame myself for the choices I made leaving Zaiidyn with him for just over an hour.

“To have him released and living in the same area reminds me of that.

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“We’ve never had an apology from him. Now, he’s allowed to live a normal life while mine is in ruins.

“Before he was released, I should have been given the chance to tell the authorities the impact this has had on me and my family, but I wasn’t.

“He is a coward who has absolutely no human decency.”



 

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