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. The first reported incident of suspected child abuse regarding Kelsey was made on Jan.17,2005. Raye Dawn Smith married Michael Lee Porter on April 18,2005. On May 3,2005 Kelsey was taken out of her home by OKDHS. May 4,2005 Kelsey was moved to her maternal Grandmother Gayla Smith. After months of documented abuse which included a broken collarbone,multiple abrasions,new bruises and faded bruises from head to toe and two broken legs court hearings followed,but after it all on June 15,2005 Judge Craig Key sent Kelsey back to her mom and stepfather.The judge said "Kelsey's abuser was unknown." Kelsey remained in state custody and was to be supervised by state agencies. Her biological father Lance Briggs was a soldier in Iraq he was in the process of checking out from his duty in Fort Benning,Georgia. On October 11, 2005 she was murdered apparantly by her Stepfather Micheal Lee Porter but that is up for debate.Raye Dawn and Michael Porter were the only ones with Kelsey in the hour leading up to her death. Raye went to pick Whitney up from school.Whitney is Mike Porter's Bio daughter from a previous relationship. Raye claims Mike killed Kelsey while she was gone.Mike claims Raye killed Kelsey before she left and left him to take the fall for it. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the abdomen,it was ruled a Homicide. Kelsey Briggs died just days before her father was to return. Two weeks later Porter was arrested on first degee murder. Her mother was later charged with two felonies of 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 25.5 years. Kelsey's mother Raye Dawn Smith went on trial July 9, 2007.She has since been found guilty of enabling child abuse,she will serve 27 years in prison.Without the possibility of parole for 23 years. The court says she knew or should have known about Kelsey's abuse. A new law has been named for Kelsey in Oklahoma to prevent this type of failure in the Oklahoma State System. Now that the Lawsuit that Lance Briggs ensued against OKDHS was awarded, Raye Dawn Smith is going after half this money, when she has made previous statements publically that No one should profit from her Daughter Kelsey Shelton Smith Briggs Death! She was tried and found guilty of enabling the abuse in which led up to her daughters death...We as a World Nation believe that this would just cause Kelsey a further injustice! We are asking that you don't grant Raye Dawn Smith one red cent of this money, and to leave it in the hands of her Biological Father Lance Briggs, so he can use it in his endevours in preventing child abuse, in his precious little princess Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs name...Thank you
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Margaret A. Overstreet, United States1 year ago Comments: this heart breaking case has remained in my thoughts since i first read about it. as a native of Oklahoma, I'm horrified that the department of social services didn't help this child.
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