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Thursday, September 03, 2009

The Kelsey Briggs Story.

Kelsey Briggs was born in Oklahoma on December 28,2002 after her parents Lance Briggs and Raye Dawn Smith were divorced.

At the end of 2004 Raye Dawn Smith started dating a man named Michael Lee Porter, whom she met at a local bar.

The first reported incident of child abuse regarding Kelsey was made on Jan.17,2005.

DHS confirmed Kelsey was abused and stated her mother Raye Dawn was the perpetrator due to her conflicting stories of Kelsey's injuries.

Kelsey Briggs grandmother Kathie Briggs was granted emergency custody Jan.24,2005.

Raye Dawn Smith married Michael Lee Porter on April 18,2005.
Kelsey was having overnight visitation with Raye and Porter even though a court order stated Porter was not to be around Kelsey.

On May 3,2005 Kelsey was taken out of her grandmother Kathie's care by OKDHS.

Kelsey was put in protective custody because of her broken legs that were confirmed from abuse.

May 4,2005 Kelsey was then moved to her maternal Grandmother Gayla Smith.

Kelsey suffered months of documented abuse.

June 15,2005 Judge Craig Key went against DHS recommedation and sent Kelsey back home to her mother and stepfather.
The judge confirmed Kelsey was being abused and stated,
"Perpetrator Unknown."

Kelsey was visited by a social worker approximately once every week.

Kelsey's biological father Lance Briggs was a soldier in Iraq he was undergoing care at a treatment facility for a back injury and was in the process of checking out from his duty in Fort Benning,Georgia.

Lance was schedueled to be home within
a week or two.

On October 11,2005 Kelsey was murdered.
Raye Dawn and Michael Porter were the only ones who had contact with Kelsey in the hour leading up to her death.

The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the abdomen,it was ruled a Homicide.

Two weeks later Porter was arrested on first degee murder.

Kelsey's mother Raye Dawn was later charged with two felonies, Child Neglect, and, Enabling Child Abuse.

In April of 2006 Kelsey's body was exhumed for a second autopsy where sexual abuse was documented.
The Stepfather's charges were amended to add the sexual abuse.

Porter and Smith divorced after Kelsey's death.

On February 2,2007 a plea negotiation was entered and approved by the paternal family.
The stepfather plead guilty to a reduced charge of Enabling Child Abuse and received 30 years in prison.
He has no possibility of parole for 25.5years.

Kelsey's mother Raye Dawn Smith went on trial July 9,2007.
She was found guilty of enabling child abuse, she will serve 27 years in prison, without the possibility of parole for 23 years.

Please visit
and remember HER innocent face next time you hear of someone being abused, reach out and help.

With the help and persistence of Kelsey's paternal grandma Kathie,
a new law "The Kelsey Briggs Child Protection Act" was established
into Oklahoma Law to help prevent this type of failure in the Oklahoma State System.

1 comment:

Dammama0f3 said...

This made me sick to my stomach! She reminds me soooo much of my 18 mo daughter... HOW dare the mom allow this to go on? The stepdad was horrible but as a mommy we should be their protectors!!! HOW DARE HER!!! I wish they would hang the judge too! How can he sleep at night knowing this went on but ignored it? How dare him!!! I couldn't even watch the rest of it it made me that sick! Poor baby! God bless her!