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Kelsey Briggs lost her life before the age of three due to Child Abuse.
It is a Tragic story but one that must be shared.Hopefully Kelsey’s story will touch your heart and you will be willing to step up to the plate and help children who can’t help themselves.
The original song that was set to Kelsey’s Story was “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by: Eva Cassidy
due to youtube’s copyrights issues I had to pick a song from their collection.
Please read Kelsey’s story below…
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,
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.
Alot of people failed Kelsey.
Remember her story the next time you think a child is being abused.Please report it, if you don’t, that child may suffer the same fate as Kelsey.
Please don’t let that happen.
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.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Kelsey Smith-Briggs Child Protection Reform Act is an act that was passed by the Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee, which reformed how the state’s Department of Human Services, as well as the courts, handle cases of child abuse in the state of Oklahoma, United States.
It is named after Kelsey Smith-Briggs, a child who was murdered as a result of child abuse, despite the authorities being aware that she was already being maltreated. The bill’s co-author, Senator Harry Coates, presented the measure in committee.
In 2006, the Oklahoma state legislature passed the Kelsey Smith-Briggs Child Protection Reform Act. The bill would significantly reform the way courts and the state Department of Human Services handle cases related to child abuse and neglect.