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



Tuesday, January 10, 2006

The Life of Kesley Smith-Briggs


I had mentioned before that the Oklahoma Newspaper had started a three part series on the life and death of 2 year old Kelsey Briggs. The heartbreaking series can be found here:

Part 1: A broken life
Part 2: The hurting
The disputed end: The brief and tragic story of Kelsey Smith-Briggs

As with any story, the details change and the circumstances transform depending on who is telling their side. The only thing that remains the same, is that a beautiful child died a needless and cruel death. Mike and Raye Dawn Porter may continue to claim their innocence, and the Briggs may continue to strive for justice for Kelsy, but nothing will bring Kelsey back. Nothing will ease the heartache her father has had to suffer, and nothing will make her memory fade in the hearts of those who loved her.

From the last article mentioned above, Kelsey's life ended as follow:

A Meeker fire department emergency medical technician told investigators he knew Kelsey was dead when he arrived at 3:27 p.m. She was blue and had no pulse. Kelsey was taken by ambulance to the Prague hospital.
In a report, an OSBI agent described what the medical examiner’s chief investigator told him: “Kelsey had a lot of bleeding in her intestines. Kelsey had bruising on pressure points of ribs, front of chest, side and back.
“Kelsey also had bruising between the vagina and anus. ... The injuries could have been caused from possible kneeing, punching or squeezing. Kelsey also had upper lip bruising.”
A pathologist reported Kelsey’s injuries were recent.
[...]
Kelsey’s dad, Lance Briggs, 28, got the bad news, the same day, Oct. 11, from his mother. He was at a pay phone in Fort Benning, Ga., getting ready to come home after serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq.
He was finished hauling ammunition, fighting vehicles, tanks and equipment into Iraq. He would have seen Kelsey for the first time since April in just two weeks.
“She said that Kelsey was gone. My whole body just went numb. I wouldn’t allow myself to believe it,” said Lance Briggs, in tears as he recalled the moment.
“I didn’t think there was any way. I just wouldn’t accept it. I just broke down. I fell to my knees and I just started crying. I just kept telling her that she can’t be right.”

But, her story has not ended, it has only grown, and with the help of those who have heard it, it will continue to grow. A rally is being planned, to remember Kelsey on the anniversary of the day the bruising was first noticed. For those that can not make it to the Capital Building in Oklahoma to share in this important event, I urge you to find a way to make her cause know in your own state.
No father should have to return home to a murdered child, no grandparent should have to fight the system to protect their grandchild. No child should have to endure the pain that Kelsey did. As difficult as it is to imagine this beautiful child living and dying this way, the tragic end to her life becomes even harder to deal with if we ignore it. Her suffering can help bring an end to the suffering of hundreds of other children, who are living her story even now.
For information on Kelsey's Rally, and other ways that you can help, please visit Kelsey's forum.

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