Community rallies behind family who lost young child


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on September 20, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 21 at 8:33 AM

(WHAS11) --A community is rallying behind a family that not only lost their baby to a heart condition but had their baby pictures stolen.

WHAS11 told you the heartbreaking story on Wednesday of a family whose child died and soon after they discovered a thief took their iPad right out of the waiting room containing the baby's pictures.

Just about anywhere you go in Shepherdsville or Fairdale -- people are showing an outpouring of support for Chrystal and Brandon Burchett and the baby they lost, Dillion.

"I went home Saturday and just balled. Cause we are real good friends," Vicki Sowers says.

At the Family Dollar where Chrystal works, they are taking up a collection.

"I feel so bad for her cause I know what you go through when you lose someone like that. And for that to happen down there, that's just sad," says Sowers.

At Bearnos in Shepherdsville, they are donating 20 percent of their proceeds to the family.

"Most people from Fairdale have been out here. Last night we had a big group here probably about 40," Kenny Pierce said.

Some businesses know the family personally but others just heard about their story and wanted to help out.

Kenny Pierce didn't even know the family personally, but still he reached out and asked his manager to help.

"I think it lets them know we are here to help them and let them know people care about them," Pierce said.

The Burchett's son Dillion lived only five days after undergoing multiple surgeries for an underdeveloped aortic valve. During that devastating time, the family's iPad was stolen right out of the waiting room, on it the baby pictures. LMPD released these surveillance pictures of the two persons of interest in the case. Now they are looking into whether they can track the iPad through its GPS.

The family just wants the pictures back and the community is there to support them every step of the way.

"Fairdale has always done that for everybody," Sowers said.

The family has set up a fund at PNC bank branches in Dillion Burchett's name. His funeral is Friday at McDaniels Funeral Home in Fairdale.