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Slain teen’s placement in foster home questioned:

34-year-old Christopher Milburn’s 15-year-old daughter complained of abuse and was placed in a foster home. That foster home was only two doors down from her father’s home in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

So I imagine that it wasn’t much trouble for this scumbag to walk the 200 feet to the foster home, shoot his daughter and the foster father to death before taking the coward’s way out himself.

The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services says it’s not unusual to place an abused child that close to the place of abuse. They may want to rethink that policy.

Thanks to Gina for the tip.

38 thoughts on “TN man shot and killed daughter at her foster home

  1. Samantha says:

    WHy in the hell would you place an abused child THAT close to his/her abuser??? Thats just plain wrong in so many ways.

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  2. Samantha says:

    WHy in the hell would you place an abused child THAT close to his/her abuser??? Thats just plain wrong in so many ways.

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  3. Angel says:

    And the stupidity never ends…..

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  4. Angel says:

    And the stupidity never ends…..

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  5. Kathy says:

    There’s been a big move in foster care recently to have foster parents help mentor the biological parents. So much so, that in some cases, the foster parents allow the birth parents to have visits with the children at the foster parent’s home. A caseworker also is supposed to be present. I have taken children to visits with birth parents when the caseworker was unable to attend. I simply monitor the visit and ensure that nothing inappropriate happens.

    In this case, the foster placement was with friends of the family… which I understand the caseworkers thought would be less stressful for the child (and that is often true). The father has no criminal background, and I didn’t see that he had any history of mental illness (that was known or disclosed).

    I don’t think the social work system is to blame in this case… I think the nutcase who has flown under the pyscho-radar for so many years is to blame. I feel incredibly sad for the girl and the family who reached out trying to help.

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  6. Kathy says:

    There’s been a big move in foster care recently to have foster parents help mentor the biological parents. So much so, that in some cases, the foster parents allow the birth parents to have visits with the children at the foster parent’s home. A caseworker also is supposed to be present. I have taken children to visits with birth parents when the caseworker was unable to attend. I simply monitor the visit and ensure that nothing inappropriate happens.

    In this case, the foster placement was with friends of the family… which I understand the caseworkers thought would be less stressful for the child (and that is often true). The father has no criminal background, and I didn’t see that he had any history of mental illness (that was known or disclosed).

    I don’t think the social work system is to blame in this case… I think the nutcase who has flown under the pyscho-radar for so many years is to blame. I feel incredibly sad for the girl and the family who reached out trying to help.

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  7. Angel says:

    The father has no criminal background? Did I miss something? Wasn’t his daughter removed because he was abusive? Whether convicted or not, that constitutes criminal background, in my book.

    But the fact that he was a closet nutcase probably didn’t help the situation any, either.

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  8. Angel says:

    The father has no criminal background? Did I miss something? Wasn’t his daughter removed because he was abusive? Whether convicted or not, that constitutes criminal background, in my book.

    But the fact that he was a closet nutcase probably didn’t help the situation any, either.

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  9. IRONSIDE says:

    Christopher Milburn sounds like a dad who did not want his daughter, neither did he want anyone else to have her. Well he has made sure of that. A young girl with all her dreams ‘gone.

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  10. IRONSIDE says:

    Christopher Milburn sounds like a dad who did not want his daughter, neither did he want anyone else to have her. Well he has made sure of that. A young girl with all her dreams ‘gone.

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  11. pak31 says:

    Too many times victims of abuse just aren’t protected. She was a kid and asked for help and she got it but it was terribly poor judgement on the social services part. An abused child should not be living that close to the abuser, parent or not.

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  12. pak31 says:

    Too many times victims of abuse just aren’t protected. She was a kid and asked for help and she got it but it was terribly poor judgement on the social services part. An abused child should not be living that close to the abuser, parent or not.

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  13. Kathy Thomas says:

    I’m thinking the Tennessee Social Services Dept. is alot like the Kentucky Dental Plan…..

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  14. Kathy Thomas says:

    I’m thinking the Tennessee Social Services Dept. is alot like the Kentucky Dental Plan…..

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  15. Kathy Thomas says:

    For morons, by morons, sponsored by morons…(Definatly no offense to the great foster parents in those areas), just in THESE cases, bad planning, no forethought….

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  16. Kathy Thomas says:

    For morons, by morons, sponsored by morons…(Definatly no offense to the great foster parents in those areas), just in THESE cases, bad planning, no forethought….

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  17. Doug says:

    I was married to Milburn’s mother 8 years ago. I only tonight learned of this tragedy. I remember Chris making several trips from Tennesee to Oregon to visit his daughter and try to be a good dad to Stevie, at great expense. I am lost to explain how a man who I thought was the most sane of his family could do such a thing. His older brother committed suicide a few years ago, and his mother died of cancer around a year ago. Pretty tragic family history of late. There is more but suffice it to say that the family closet is pretty near full of bones.

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  18. Doug says:

    I was married to Milburn’s mother 8 years ago. I only tonight learned of this tragedy. I remember Chris making several trips from Tennesee to Oregon to visit his daughter and try to be a good dad to Stevie, at great expense. I am lost to explain how a man who I thought was the most sane of his family could do such a thing. His older brother committed suicide a few years ago, and his mother died of cancer around a year ago. Pretty tragic family history of late. There is more but suffice it to say that the family closet is pretty near full of bones.

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  19. danmilburn says:

    I won’t interupt your comments with many facts because obviously you have made up your minds and prefer to be ignorant. That’s your choice and I respect that. Here’s a fact or two that you are obviously unaware of. Stevie was not in Foster care and DHS did not think there was any serious abuse facts of the matter. I make no excuses here for my son’s behavior and like you I am in horrible grief for my grandaughter. Your feelings I do care about it and I wish I could turn back time but I can’t. I am so sorry for all who have been affected.

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  20. danmilburn says:

    I won’t interupt your comments with many facts because obviously you have made up your minds and prefer to be ignorant. That’s your choice and I respect that. Here’s a fact or two that you are obviously unaware of. Stevie was not in Foster care and DHS did not think there was any serious abuse facts of the matter. I make no excuses here for my son’s behavior and like you I am in horrible grief for my grandaughter. Your feelings I do care about it and I wish I could turn back time but I can’t. I am so sorry for all who have been affected.

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  21. April says:

    Dan, no one is chosing to be ignorant. Thank you for clearing up any misinformation. I am sorry for the loss of your grandaughter. Your son’s actions were selfish. I’m sorry that you have been put through this – no one should know your grief.

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  22. April says:

    Dan, no one is chosing to be ignorant. Thank you for clearing up any misinformation. I am sorry for the loss of your grandaughter. Your son’s actions were selfish. I’m sorry that you have been put through this – no one should know your grief.

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  23. Kathy Thomas says:

    Dear Doug and Danmillburn, with respect to both of you, may I suggest that you are both filled with tremendous anger and grief right now? I don’t think ignorance played a part in this EXCEPT in the handling of the protection issue. The protective agencies do what they do, and quite often their judgement is impaired by lack of complete knowledge of family secrets and facts, they are overworked and underfunded, and just sometimes it’s a subjective call that each social worker makes. I believe, in reading both of your posts, that you are coming from the same point.
    You may not see that now, but in time, you will. You are both right, there were alot of skeletons in that closet, it could not be predicted, (unless you are God) and many of the facts have yet to be revealed, if ever; that’s the confounding part. My heart aches for both of you and I hope that in this time of family tragedy, you can find a common ground, because it will do no good to be at “odds” with each other. Unity will most likely bring about truth, facts, and eliminate those tragic histories. Just a suggestion. These kinds of murder/suicides are on the rise in this country now, and perhaps that could be recognized as well. I know it is next to impossible to be objective when in grief, but this is just food for thought. May God comfort both of you in the most difficult of times.

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  24. Kathy Thomas says:

    Dear Doug and Danmillburn, with respect to both of you, may I suggest that you are both filled with tremendous anger and grief right now? I don’t think ignorance played a part in this EXCEPT in the handling of the protection issue. The protective agencies do what they do, and quite often their judgement is impaired by lack of complete knowledge of family secrets and facts, they are overworked and underfunded, and just sometimes it’s a subjective call that each social worker makes. I believe, in reading both of your posts, that you are coming from the same point.
    You may not see that now, but in time, you will. You are both right, there were alot of skeletons in that closet, it could not be predicted, (unless you are God) and many of the facts have yet to be revealed, if ever; that’s the confounding part. My heart aches for both of you and I hope that in this time of family tragedy, you can find a common ground, because it will do no good to be at “odds” with each other. Unity will most likely bring about truth, facts, and eliminate those tragic histories. Just a suggestion. These kinds of murder/suicides are on the rise in this country now, and perhaps that could be recognized as well. I know it is next to impossible to be objective when in grief, but this is just food for thought. May God comfort both of you in the most difficult of times.

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  25. Kathy Thomas says:

    April, by the way, in case you didn’t know this, April is National Child Abuse Awareness month. Wear your name with pride and honor.

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  26. Kathy Thomas says:

    April, by the way, in case you didn’t know this, April is National Child Abuse Awareness month. Wear your name with pride and honor.

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  27. April says:

    Thank you Kathy. I did know that. I think every month should be Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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  28. April says:

    Thank you Kathy. I did know that. I think every month should be Child Abuse Awareness Month.

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  29. Kathy Thomas says:

    April, that’s so true!!!!!!!!!!!

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  30. Kathy Thomas says:

    April, that’s so true!!!!!!!!!!!

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  31. Doug says:

    Dan, I have learned more about the situation leading up to the tragedy, since I posted here last. I learned of the story that Chris’ widow tells, of the 18 year old boyfriend that Stevie ran away to be with, and a possible lie about molestation to the police when they located her. About the neighbor/foster parents getting in Chris’ face when they saw him outside his house, and the rage that ended so terribly. And the autopsy that showed no signs of the alleged abuse.
    The sadness will fade into acceptance eventually, but the total effect of loss and bewilderment this has caused will stay with us forever. I am so sorry for your loss Dan, I know that you were probably pretty proud of your boy up until this thing. I thought pretty highly of him also. I think it was a completely “seeing red” moment of rage that ended with the only part that made sense afterwards, as terrible as that was.
    Dan, I’m thinking that we have met in the Empire area, did you doggie-sit for Linda and I once? I thought that was pretty cool of you, being the ex-husband and all…
    Be well, and carry on…

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  32. Doug says:

    Dan, I have learned more about the situation leading up to the tragedy, since I posted here last. I learned of the story that Chris’ widow tells, of the 18 year old boyfriend that Stevie ran away to be with, and a possible lie about molestation to the police when they located her. About the neighbor/foster parents getting in Chris’ face when they saw him outside his house, and the rage that ended so terribly. And the autopsy that showed no signs of the alleged abuse.
    The sadness will fade into acceptance eventually, but the total effect of loss and bewilderment this has caused will stay with us forever. I am so sorry for your loss Dan, I know that you were probably pretty proud of your boy up until this thing. I thought pretty highly of him also. I think it was a completely “seeing red” moment of rage that ended with the only part that made sense afterwards, as terrible as that was.
    Dan, I’m thinking that we have met in the Empire area, did you doggie-sit for Linda and I once? I thought that was pretty cool of you, being the ex-husband and all…
    Be well, and carry on…

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  33. danmilburn says:

    You are absolutely right Doug, those indeed are the true facts. For others on here too you might like to know that after the funerals for Chris and Stevie in Memphis and Dyersburg we have flown back to the west coast. Stevie had another service here with Jessica’s family. My girls also attended. Stevie again looked beautiful and at peace for the service. Another service was held for Chris as well.
    There are so many feelings of love, hate, rage and frustration expressed that I can honestly say I have felt them all with you. I couldn’t bear to shoulder those feelings and burdons for the rest of my life so I just dropped to my knees and turned it over to God. Each and every one of you matters very much and I suggest that you all take a good look at your own lives and the people in it and look for any signs of trouble that if left ignored could turn out like this. And step up and say something or do something to help prevent it. God Bless you all.

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  34. danmilburn says:

    You are absolutely right Doug, those indeed are the true facts. For others on here too you might like to know that after the funerals for Chris and Stevie in Memphis and Dyersburg we have flown back to the west coast. Stevie had another service here with Jessica’s family. My girls also attended. Stevie again looked beautiful and at peace for the service. Another service was held for Chris as well.
    There are so many feelings of love, hate, rage and frustration expressed that I can honestly say I have felt them all with you. I couldn’t bear to shoulder those feelings and burdons for the rest of my life so I just dropped to my knees and turned it over to God. Each and every one of you matters very much and I suggest that you all take a good look at your own lives and the people in it and look for any signs of trouble that if left ignored could turn out like this. And step up and say something or do something to help prevent it. God Bless you all.

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  35. danmilburn says:

    My email is danmilburn@q.com
    You may contact me if you wish.

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  36. danmilburn says:

    My email is danmilburn@q.com
    You may contact me if you wish.

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  37. karen says:

    dan, my heart goes out to you and your family. you’ve suffered losses beyond comprehension for most of us.
    to say i hope you recover from this is to minimize . instead, i’ll pray that you may be able to cope with out such intense pain and to lead a life with some peace….God bless you and your family.

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  38. karen says:

    dan, my heart goes out to you and your family. you’ve suffered losses beyond comprehension for most of us.
    to say i hope you recover from this is to minimize . instead, i’ll pray that you may be able to cope with out such intense pain and to lead a life with some peace….God bless you and your family.

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