article: US Observer, Oklahoma With every horrific case of child abuse, there are those cases that cause the media to go wild. In the case of Kelsey Briggs, it seemed the professional media, stepped up their ante and put others on trial except the actual perpetrator who over nine months slowly set out to murder little Kelsey Briggs. by: Arnelle Durocher posted by Sofie Kelsey Briggs 12. 28. 02 - 10. 11. 05 posted by Sofie I can't help myself...I go back to it over and over. The forums, news clippings, blog posts, and video's. How had I never heard of Kelsey Briggs? Her story is so much larger than any headline. Kelsey died before her third birthday, caused by blunt force trauma to her abdomen (she was either punched or kicked in the stomach) Michael Porter, who all had thought well of, a family man, and dream come true to his new wife Raye Dawn and her baby daughter. He had become Kelsey's stepfather only nine months earlier. He was charged and convicted of of her death. April of 2006, a year after she died, her body was exhumed and a second autopsy was performed. It was documented at that time she had also been sexually assaulted. Her mother, Raye Dawn Smith, who was not at home at the time of Kelseys death, was also charged with Enabling Child Abuse and sentenced to 27 years in prison. To this day she claims she had no idea, and saw absolutely no signs that her baby was being abused by her new husband. Since her trial and conviction petitions and websites from all over the country have become devoted to her appeal. Many feel she was wrongly accused, and is innocent of all but being naive. www.freekelseysmom.com Kelsey's paternal grandmother and her father Lance Briggs, had a hand in helping Kelsey's killer, Michael Porter. Kathie Briggs met and exchanged emails with him several times preceding Raye Dawns trial to discuss his testimony. He never went to trial and charges were reduced to one count Child Abuse, and one count Enabling Child Abuse. Did they hate Raye Dawn so much that they were willing to conspire with the man who murdered their baby? Or was there more to it than that? Kelsey's paternal grandmother, Kathie Briggs created the website "Kelseys Purpose", along with the video above. It is one of hundreds of websites, though I took issue with this one, beginning with the introduction. By Kathie Briggs: My granddaughter Kelsey was born after her parents were divorced. I wondered why this child would be put on this earth after the two people who were not meant to be together had already gone their separate ways. I knew she had a purpose, but what could it be? When my son was called to active duty and sent to Iraq I was sure that I knew. God was giving Kelsey to us because her father was not coming home. I was wrong. Kelsey was the one who did not make it. She died just days before her dad was to return. After nine months of abuse, she joined the other little angels in Heaven. It was then that I knew her purpose... Rumors of Kelsey's paternal grandmother, Kathie Briggs had surfaced, accusing her of misusing funds on a website she created www.kelseyspurpose.org and since has been shut down all together. [forum] "The Briggs were motivated by $$ and greed- Lance stood to gain an estimated 15 million in lawsuits he had filed in connection with Kelseys death (he hasn't been awarded anything thus far and most of his suits have been thrown out of court) and unless Raye spent the minimum of 1 day in jail he would have to split all money he was awarded with her. The Briggs have to live with what they've done and the part they've played in this. When Raye forgave Kathie, she wasn't saying that Kathie was the one that caused Kelseys death- Reading the material and official documents at http://www.thetruthaboutkelsey.com/ is definitely eye opening. No matter which side of the proverbial fence you choose to be on, I think its only fair to look into both sides of the story before taking sides. [forum] It is also documented that Kelsey's father, while married to Raye Dawn, had twice been arrested for domestic violence against his wife, and been ordered (twice) into anger management classes . It has been shown that at the time of his daughters death he was not in Iraq "serving his country" as portrayed by his mother and the media, but in a military drug rehab center at Fort Benning, Georgia. Lyrics, songs, and articles are property and copyright of their respective authors, artists and labels In memory of Kelsey Briggs. Born in Meeker, OK. on December 28th, 2002 and died Oct. 11, 2005 at the age of 2. www.trita51.blogspot.com Update Kelsey Smith-Briggs - a child, not a purpose. By Barry Jon Investigative Reporter Lincoln County, OK The story of Kelsey Smith-Briggs' death is hard no matter which version you choose to believe. Looking back on the tumultuous nine months of custody battles from January 2005 through the fateful day of October 11, 2005 we hear countless renditions of what was happening when Kelsey was with one person or another. We speculate using timelines and we reason with the aid of testimony, but only once do we get a glimpse on a level playing field. Only once do we have the opportunity to see through the eyes of an impartial third party. Only once, when all things were equal, do we have the occasion to compare apples to apples.