The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Monday, December 26, 2005

The Kelsey Briggs Law

OK. State Rep. Kris Steele is currently working on what may be the most important legislation under way- one that would reform the state's child protection system which so horribly failed 2 year old Kelsey Briggs.

"Right now it's called the Child Protection Reform Act, but I fully intend and hope to rename it the Kelsey Briggs Law when the appropriate time comes," said Steele, R-Shawnee, chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee.

The Meeker girl died Oct. 11 after nine months of alleged intermittent abuse during which she suffered a broken collar bone, two broken legs and numerous bruises.

Eleven referrals were made to the state Department of Human Services during that time, records show. At various times, she was placed in the care of her paternal grandmother, maternal grandmother and DHS.

A judge had placed her back in the home of her mother and stepfather at the time of her death.

Michael Lee Porter, her stepfather, is charged with murder.

Steele said Kelsey's death is personal to him. He was one of many legislators who received a mass e-mail from Kelsey's paternal grandmother months before the girl's death. The e-mail complained of child abuse and asked for help protecting her granddaughter. SOURCE

Although changing the system may come a too late to help Kelsey, untold numbers of children in that system could be saved due to the changes.
Many of us only know the pictures of the beautiful little girl with blond hair, and yet hearing her story seems to move us to do something, not just for her- but for the family who she was so cruelly stolen from. Please continue writing your letters and making your calls- please continue to seek justice for this little girl.

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Magnolia said...

If we,as citizens,don't get something done soon to stop this madness,we are going to run out of children to name new laws/bills after. I still feel Kelseys "mother" had a lot to do with this murder. Just a gut feeling.

Anonymous said...

I think that the mother of kelsey briggs had a lot to do witht he murder. Not only do i think that she did some of the abuse herself , i also think that she should have done something to stop it, and she didnt. I think this law is the best thing to do