ALIYAH BRANUM WAS VICOUSLY BEAT BY HER MOTHER, CHELSEA HUGGETT, DIES AFTER HAVING HER HEAD SLAMMED INTO THE WALL – CCA0089 – UPDATED 09.17.2013

ALIYAH BRANUM WAS VICOUSLY BEAT BY HER MOTHER, CHELSEA HUGGETT, DIES AFTER HAVING HER HEAD SLAMMED INTO THE WALL

Aliyah Branum

Aliyah Branum

Aliyah Branum

Aliyah Branum

Aliyah Marie Branum was a beautiful little girl.  Her life was filled with promise and hope, and her sweet innocence was endearing.  Well, endearing to humans capable of emotion anyway.  Unfortunately, Aliyah’s mother, Chelsea Huggett, is not one of those people.  Huggett was the one that stole Aliyah’s life, robbing this world of an incredible soul and of the opportunities of the greatness that Aliyah could have achieved.

On April 26, 2013, Huggett, 21, was home with Aliyah when the baby girl started “whining”.  Her reaction to the “whining” was to slam her daughter’s head into a wall, the force with which killed her.

When police arrived at the home, they found Aliyah not breathing and unresponsive.

Aliyah Branum and Chelsea Huggett

Aliyah Branum and Chelsea Huggett

The little girl was taken to the hospital, but it was too late, and she was pronounced deceased a short time later.  Aliyah’s injuries were extensive and torturous.  Bruises covered her body, including her face, head, arms, legs, back, shoulders and vaginal area.  One of the little girl’s eyes was swollen shut, blood was coming out of her nose and mouth, and a yellow fluid was coming out of both ears.  When the medical examiner preformed Aliyah’s autopsy, he further found that the baby girl suffered a frontal skull fracture above the right eye and hemorrhaging over her entire brain.  The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma and was classified as a homicide.

The first sad excuse Huggett gave police of what caused Aliyah’s injuries was that her boyfriend had spilt bug spray which Aliyah then ingested.

Aliyah Branum - Visible Bruises to lower legs.

Aliyah Branum – Visible Bruises to lower legs.

Is there an “Excuses for Child Abuse For Dummies” book that I am not aware of???  Thankfully, the responding police had more than one brain cell and also saw through this excuse.

When police called Huggett on her ridiculous explanation, she didn’t take long to start recounting what actually happened to her daughter.  She told law enforcement that she was becoming increasingly frustrated with Aliyah’s “neediness” and always wanting to sit in her lap.  She stated that she had been shaking her daughter periodically up until the day Aliyah died.  Huggett said that on the day of Aliyah’s death, she was shaking the child because the baby would not “shut the fuck up”.  She then covered Aliyah’s mouth and nose with her hand to muffle the baby’s cries.  When this didn’t work, she slammed Aliyah’s head into a wall, and then head butted her.  Aliyah was left unconscious, and never woke up.

Aliyah Branum, Chelsea Huggett and Jason Ruane

Aliyah Branum, Chelsea Huggett and Jason Ruane

Aliyah was born with several disabilities.  Her right eye was deformed and turning inward toward her brain, a condition which was quite serious, which Huggett knew, and yet she failed to ever get treatment for Aliyah.  Aliyah also had a genetic condition which affected her feet and required her to undergo physical therapy, and yet again Huggett ignored the baby girl’s medical needs, never seeking help for Aliyah.  Her diaper was rarely changed, leaving bleeding sores, which also were never treated.

Huggett, who was 8 months pregnant at the time, was arrested and charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse.  She has pled not guilty to the charges.  She gave birth to another baby girl while in jail, and the child’s father, Jason Ruane, is seeking custody of the baby girl.

Aliyah Branum

Aliyah Branum

Aliyah’s story doesn’t end there though.  Far from it.  You’ve got one guess as to what was discovered … CPS involvement/inaction!  But of course, this story wasn’t already terrible enough and heart breaking, we now need to add to the fact that once again, CPS could have saved a child’s life, and yet did nothing.  CPS had visited Huggett twice in a little under a year, after one of Huggett’s co-workers witnessed abuse and reported it.  The woman states that she witnessed Huggett hitting the baby girl on the back, and covering her mouth and nose.  She reported this abuse TWICE.  Each time CPS workers checked on Aliyah, they said everything was perfect.  She is not the only one who witnessed abuse either.  Numerous other people had witnessed Huggett berating and screaming profanities at Aliyah

Chelsea Huggett

Chelsea Huggett

Huggett and Aliyah were actually homeless for quite a long period of time, living in tents and sheds.  Reports were made to CPS about this, and the agency said the calls did not warrant an investigation, because being homeless or living in a shed is not connected to “child safety issues”.  Uhhhhh ……. WHAT?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!  Florida needs to fire every last employee with CPS, rewrite their laws, holding CPS workers accountable when they failed to protect the children that their job was created for, and start fresh.  This is out of control, and the number of children dying in Florida after CPS failed to intervene and do their jobs, is at an all time high.

  When more calls were placed to CPS, they found Aliyah to be “too skinny”, homeless, suffering from a severe diaper rash, and when Aliyah began to cry, her mother put a blanket over her mouth and “smacked her really hard on the legs, resulting in finger-shaped welt marks”.

Aliyah Branum

Aliyah Branum

Despite this, still nothing was done.  Oh wait … I forgot, they did do one thing … they had Huggett sign a “safety plan”, promising to “refrain from excessive corporal punishment.”  After signing this completely useless ‘plan’, more calls were placed to report Aliyah’s abuse.  Aliyah’s grandmother called after discovering a bruise on the baby girl’s lower back which resembled three fingers of a hand print.  She also stated that she heard Huggett yelling at Aliyah telling her to shut up and be quiet.

Aliyah Branum, Chelsea Hugett and Jason Ruane

Aliyah Branum, Chelsea Hugett and Jason Ruane

I think my head might explode.  I just can’t believe that so many people knew this little girl was in danger, and turned their backs on her.  For all I am concerned, they are accessories to her murder.  These idiots, and callous monsters working for CPS say they could find no evidence of abuse, despite the fact that a doctor with the Department of Health’s Child Protection Team, which specializes in detecting abuse, documented “linear” and “circular” bruises on Aliyah’s thighs, and concluded that they were evidence of physical abuse.

Chelsea Huggett

Chelsea Huggett

So when CPS wrote on a report that “There is no evidence of any physical or sexual abuse; no injuries, marks or bruises on the child”, it shows that CPS either never visited the home, or never cared enough to do the work and help this baby girl.  Instead they had Huggett sign yet another safety plan … because the first one was so successful.

Only days before Aliyah’s death, Huggett took the little girl to Citrus Memorial Hospital by ambulance to treat swelling in the girls’ hands.

Aliyah Branum and Chelsea Huggett

Aliyah Branum and Chelsea Huggett

Aliyah was released and later that evening became lethargic.  Huggett told people that she thought Aliyah had consumed ant and roach killer, and on the insistence of others, called a poison control hotline.  The hotline told her to take Aliyah to the hospital immediately, which she never did.  When an employee from the hotline called back to inquire as to why the little girl was not brought to the hospital, Huggett told them that Aliyah was fine now.  What was actually happening, was Aliyah having a life threatening attack, and Huggett later admitted she refused to seek medical care because she knew she’d be arrested.

Chelsea Huggett

Chelsea Huggett

Aliyah’s last days were filled with pain and terror.  Aliyah had nowhere to turn.  Those who could have helped her, did nothing.  They simply turned their backs on Aliyah and pretended that everything was fine.  They failed her, and Aliyah paid with her life.  I will never understand how this can happen, and I have come to terms with that.  However, what I do understand and whole heartedly believe, is that we need to speak up for Aliyah.  We need to be her voice, and we need to demand answers.  We need to change our laws and start holding people accountable for Aliyah’s death, especially those whose ONLY job was to protect Aliyah.  The time has come, and we are no longer going to allow these children to simply slip by us, to fade from this world with no one advocating for them.  We need to change, before another child suffers the same fate as Aliyah.

It time to say enough is enough.

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~ by LTWH on September 17, 2013.

3 Responses to “ALIYAH BRANUM WAS VICOUSLY BEAT BY HER MOTHER, CHELSEA HUGGETT, DIES AFTER HAVING HER HEAD SLAMMED INTO THE WALL – CCA0089 – UPDATED 09.17.2013”

  1. this is so cruel people like these need to suffer in death!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. This breaks.my heart. I have a 2 year old and i could not imagine hurting him like this. I cant believe there are such cruel people in this world. Wish i could scoop up all the babies who go tgrough this and care for them myself, but i knkw thats impossible. Simply heartbreaking that these precious angels have no one on.their side.

  3. Photos do not appear after this post in the list of child abuse cases.

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