KELSEY SHELTON SMITH-BRIGGS BRUTALLY BEATEN BY HER MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND, MICHAEL LEE PORTER, FOR A YEAR BEFORE DYING – CCA0103 – UPDATED 09.18.2013

KELSEY SHELTON SMITH-BRIGGS BRUTALLY BEATEN BY HER MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND, MICHAEL LEE PORTER, FOR A YEAR BEFORE PASSING AWAY

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs was almost 3 years old when she was ripped from this world.  A beautiful, promising life ended in torture and pain, all inflicted by Kelsey’s mother’s, Raye Dawn Smith, boyfriend, Michael Lee Porter.

Kelsey’s parents were already divorced when the little girl was born.  It is said that the marriage was broken by domestic violence, with Lance Briggs allegedly punching Smith in the stomach causing a miscarriage in 2000.  Smith has said that Lance had given her several black eyes, bruised ribs and has pulled out her hair.  She also alleges that Lance would go around the house breaking the things that were important to her.

She says that Lance also threw her Pomeraniam against a wall and busted her nose in front of friends.  It was after this that Smith says she left Lance and went to live with her parents.  No charges were ever laid in the alleged abuse.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs and Lance Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs and Lance Briggs

Kelsey’s father, Lance, did not even know Kelsey was his daughter until she was three months old.  It is easy to see the turmoil that Kelsey was born into.  When Lance found out that Kelsey was his daughter, he and his family were consistently involved in Kelsey’s life and loved the baby girl from the very start.  Lance actually had Kelsey’s name legally changed to include his last name.

In the year before Kelsey was murdered, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services was “closely observing” the little girl.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

The first 2 years of Kelsey’s life were abuse free.  She was a beautiful little girl who brought a smile to every face.  In January 2005, the abuse began, right at the time when Michael Porter entered the little girl’s life.  Kelsey’s injuries were frequent and severe.  In that one year, Kelsey suffered with a broken collarbone, both legs broken at the same time, and bruises and abrasions all over her little face and body, amongst other injuries.

Workers at the daycare Kelsey attended began to see signs of abuse when Smith and Porter began dating.  Around this time, Kathie Briggs was also grandparent visitation through the courts.  When the workers noticed the bruises that were suddenly on Kelsey, some looking like finger marks, other bruises on her ears, each side began to point fingers at each other.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs and Raye Dawn Smith

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs and StepMom Ashley

Kelsey was actually tested to see if she had a medical condition that caused her to bruise easily in an effort to explain why the baby girl’s body was so battered.  Medical tests ruled out any medical condition.  The tension between the two families was thick, and communication between the two was shaky at best.

On January 17, 2005, the Oklahoma DHS confirmed child abuse against Smith, after Kelsey was brought to the hospital with a broken collarbone, multiple bruises and abrasions to her lower back, buttocks and thighs.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Smith had attempted to explain the injuries away saying that Kelsey fell from her crib.  Kelsey was placed into the care of her paternal grandmother, Kathie Briggs.  Smith was granted supervised visitation, which led to unsupervised visitation.  Smith fully cooperated with the DHS, completing every course and evaluation she needed to in order to regain custody of Kelsey.  The proceedings that followed before placing Kelsey back in Smith’s care were lengthy and troubling.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs and Lance Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs and Lance Briggs

Kathie told the judge that each time she had Kelsey, she would undress the little girl and take pictures for documentation, as well as having other witnesses examine Kelsey when she arrived and before she left.

Michael Lee Porter

Michael Lee Porter

It was about this time when Kelsey began to display some disturbing behaviour.  She began self mutilating, counting her bruises and biting and scratching herself.  She would pick at her fingernails and toenails to the point where she was missing one toenail entirely when she died.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Judge Craig Key described Kesley’s behaviour in the book he released regarding Kelsey’s case. “Although she was in protective custody, it was apparent that Kelsey wasn’t adjusting to being in the Briggs home. A red flag was raised for me, as a judge, when DHS told me Kelsey’s hair began falling out in clumps while in the care of Kathie Briggs. Kelsey’s hair was falling out to the point that she had a bald spot on the back of her head the size of a baseball. She began self-mutilating by biting her arms, and as clearly stated in Kelsey’s obituary submitted by the Briggs, she was apparently biting the Briggs family as well.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey’s behavior and hair loss during this time were all documented by DHS…Why Kelsey acted differently while in the custody of Kathie Briggs is unclear. Why Kelsey was timid, lethargic, and asleep during almost every DHS visit is also unclear. But what’s clear is the tug-of-war was starting to get to the child both mentally and physically.

In April of 2005, Kelsey was again brought to the hospital, this time with two broken legs.  Medical staff confirmed that both injuries were spiral fractures in different stages of healing and were caused by child abuse.  Kelsey was taken into state care at that time.  When Kelsey was asked if someone hurt her, she replied “Yes”.  When she was asked who hurt her, she would not respond.  She was then asked if she knew what ‘hurt’ meant.  Tiny Kelsey nodded her head yes and pointed to her two broken legs wrapped entirely in casts.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey’s abuse was witnessed by Porter’s 7 year old daughter, who told investigators that her father would abuse Kelsey until the little girl threw up.  She also stated that Porter would be nice to Kelsey when other people were around.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

I wish the story ended here.  I wish I could tell you that Kesley is healthy and well, but I can’t.  For the first time in a long time, I can say that DHS workers, did everything they could to protect Kelsey, but were overruled by a judge, who ordered that Kelsey be returned to her mother, ignoring the recommendation of DHS to keep the little girl in state care.  The judge stated that Kelsey’s abuser was “unknown” and there for she should be returned.  In my opinion, this judge created the circumstances that led to Kelsey’s murder.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs and Lance Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs and Lance Briggs

He played his part in failing Kelsey, and I hope that every day of his life he wakes up and remembers that his ruling, sent a beautiful, innocent, defenceless baby girl to her death at the hands of the man she called ‘Daddy Mike’.

On October 11, 2005, Smith left Kelsey with Porter while she went to pick his 7 year old daughter up from school.  Kelsey was sleeping when Smith left the home, dressed only in a T-Shirt because according to Smith, they were “running out of pull ups”.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

When Smith arrived home, she found Kelsey being loaded into an ambulance, wearing a pull up.  When Smith began to question Porter as to why she was in a pull up, he told her that he didn’t want people thinking ‘things’ about him.  Kelsey died on the way to the hospital.  Her death was ruled a homicide from blunt force trauma to the abdomen, which indicated that someone punched or kicked the baby girl so hard in the stomach that it killed her.  Kelsey was covered in bruises and had been repeatedly forcefully sexually assaulted.

Michael Lee Porter was charged with sexual assault and first degree murder.  After Kelsey’s death, investigators discovered child pornography on his computer.  In February of 2007, he pled guilty to enabling child abuse and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Raye Dawn Smith

Raye Dawn Smith

Raye Dawn Smith was charged with enabling child abuse.  On July 18, 2007, she was convicted of the charges and sentenced to 27 years in prison.

Every day around the world children are dying as a direct result of child abuse.  Sometimes we forget that each of these children are individual and unique, and each of them added their own little piece of themselves to this world.  They are often only remembered for the abuse they suffered, and yes, that needs to never be forgotten if we hope to change the way our children are protected.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

So after reading Kelsey’s tragic story, let’s switch gears a little.  Let me introduce to you the Kelsey that shined her light into the lives of so many.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs stole the hearts of judges at a baby pageant and walked away with the proud title of Miss Personality.  When her daddy, Lance, married her stepmother, Ashley, Kelsey attended the wedding with the big title of Mini-Bride.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs and Raye Dawn Smith

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs and Raye Dawn Smith

Kelsey’s favorite movies were Brother Bear, Shrek and The Fox and the Hound.  Although Kelsey could not say fox quite right yet, instead it came out sounding like the “F-Word”.  You have to smile hearing that, we’ve all been there when one of our toddlers has no idea that their favorite word is profanity laced.

Kelsey was a fan of cabbage patch dolls, and would twirl her fingers in their hands to help her to go to sleep.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

She was a very independent little girl, refusing help by saying “No, I do it.”  Kelsey’s favorite foods were pizza and pickles.  She was a very animated little girl that you just can’t help but love.  When something didn’t go the way it was supposed to, she would hit her hand against her forehead and say “Oh man!”.  Kelsey started her phone addiction a little earlier than most girls.  She would have long conversations with her daddy, even if no one was on the other line.  Kelsey loved to be read to, and Grandpa Briggs was always more than happy to oblige his baby girl.

Kelsey was just an average happy little girl who loved playing in water, eating, playing outside and going to the zoo.  She was carefree and confident.  It’s hard to acknowledge that this little girl, who is so like our own children, was beat mercilessly until she couldn’t fight to survive any longer.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs' Grave

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs’ Grave

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey’s story is heart breaking.  This little girl suffered through pain and abuse that most adults could not face.  She was robbed of her life, and there will never be justice for that.  There are a lot of people out there that are making a fight between mother and father more important than honoring Kelsey’s life.  The scream in defense for one side or the other, but you know what they are not screaming for – KELSEY.  When we carry on this fight after Kelsey’s death, when we continue to argue even after everything that can be said and done is said and done, we are only marring Kelsey’s memory with the details of her death.  This is essentially carrying on Kelsey’s abuse into her death.  What’s done is done – we need to now step back, and pay tribute to this incredible little girl.  We need to make sure that when someone speaks Kelsey’s name, the see a smiling little girl full of vitality, not a battered body beaten by abuse.  We need to honor Kelsey, and to remember the good she showered on everyone around when she was with us.

When you say the name Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs, remember this:

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs - Heaven to Home

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35 Responses to “KELSEY SHELTON SMITH-BRIGGS BRUTALLY BEATEN BY HER MOTHER’S BOYFRIEND, MICHAEL LEE PORTER, FOR A YEAR BEFORE DYING – CCA0103 – UPDATED 09.18.2013”

  1. I am a 53 year old woman from Northern Ireland. I know our country has it’s troubles but in all my life I have never heard such appalling stories. This little angel Kelsey suffered as stated more than an adult could endure. The fear alone would not let her tell the name of her abuser. The families on both sides should be ashamed of themselves for fighting over Kelsey, instead they should of both just enjoyed the precious moments everyday. I am staying on these sites even if what I have to say means little to some people it means a lot to me. I was sexually abused and physically abused from the age of 8. Fear stopped me from speaking out but my God this has to be looked at more severely than any thing else in this world . I just want the world to know and it has to happen some how. One little step leads to giant leaps. Let us never forget these abused and tortured angels.

  2. I don’t think that there should be any sentencing what so ever! These people should be put to death in the electric chair or hanged by the neck until dead, why should they get a roof over their head, 3 square meals a day, tv, books…etc….. we as the public shouldn’t have to support murderers of children or anyone else, or animals…. if you kill you should be killed… an eye for an eye and tooth for a tooth!! Just kill them!!!

    • I agree. I feel the same way about animals too.

      Take care and be safe out there.

    • I absolutely agree they should be executed the moment they are caught harming a chils of any age.

      • Oh how I agree with this one. If jailed, no parole, no time off for good behaviour. No appeals. Hopefully if the state has execution, that will happen quickly. No more exuses.

  3. The photos are not showing up. Must say.. I have tears in my eyes reading these horrendous abuses! Some monsters are not fit to be called “parents”

  4. There are 528 votes for “X amount of years to be suspended WITH EARLY PAROLE!

    If there is that many votes for that, just think of how many are out there who agree with that and didn’t vote. I’m sure the numbers quadrouple.

    528 child raping baby killers voted. How vile.

  5. ….and the devil is out like a roaring lion seeking whom he shall devour. Men (& women) who do this to little children/babies are deciples of the devil. When caught they should be strung up and worse and worse and worse. This little girl – what she went through is unimaginable and no adult with a sound mind to stop it in her life? The mother is a bitch. She didn’t notice or have an inkling of what her child was going through?

  6. God has a place for these devils and it’s hell where the flesh never dies and the soul knows no light but utter darkness and death.
    Consider;
    Matthew 25:40-42
    King James Version (KJV)
    40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

    41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye
    cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

    42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink

    If God punished them for in hell for giving no food or water to a soul then the punishment for those who abuse an innocent child will be their own abuse and hate showered back on them-
    because only they can themselves can give justification for it
    and there will be and never was or is justification for it so they will endure it for all eternity. What can they repent of if they know and feel only evil?
    God is the judge all in short time they will soon repay.

  7. My prayer that when these innocent angel pass on they will have no rememberance. I pray that more light be distributed so that evil has no way of lurking in the darkness and preying on innocent souls, wether they be children, elderly, handicapped or animals. Make the weak and innocent be made strong and evil be seen witnessed and brought to justice and vindicated immediately for what it is before all we can do is mourn the loss.

  8. Any crime, especially sexual ones, should be punished severely. Skinning and tarring is a good option followed by a bath in salt, then lye.

    If they still want to live, then break their legs with a bat. If they still want to live, decapitate them.

    They are below the slimiest of the world and should have no rights to a trial or a lawyer. In fact, any lawyer who volunteers to defend these slugs need the same treatment.

    Kids are our futures and we need to find a way to identify these deviants and eliminate them before they do damage.

  9. Read up on My Granddaughters Case, They slap the person on the Hand, http://www.thepetitionsite.com/148/895/484/child-killer-should-not-be-allowed-around-other-children-just-out-of-jail/?taf_id=11288083&cid=fb_na#

  10. This has left me so sad and speechless there is no more to say god bless Kelsey and may the sunshine shine on you forever…..

  11. My friend and his 2 son”s are living a violence domestic and child abuse his wife is a military member and no agency want help even he has a lot of evidence nobody want be involved …NOW I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY…..IF THIS LITTLE GIRL LOSS HER LIFE BECAUSE THE NEGLIGENCE OF tHE AGENCY IS POST TO HELP N SAFE CHILDREN’S DONT DO THEIR RIGHT JOB.PLUS ALL THE JUDGE INVOLVED …WHAT I CAN EXPECTED FOR US….???
    I DONT WANT HIS KIDS LOST THEIR LIFES BECAUSE AGENCIES LIKE THIS ONE…BUT NOBODY WANT HELP.

  12. I don’t think they should be killed. They should live with what they have done.

  13. It’s such a very cruel world we are living in. It makes me want to be with anyone. You don’t know who to trust anymore not even your own blood. How can a parents kill there own child. SICK SICK SICK. Women just open there legs and have fun and get pregnant and get on welfare and then kill there kids. Now a day’s sex has no meaning. Sex now a days it’s like a sport. People just do it. I’m a woman myself, I blame the mother’s for meeting a monster. Then, the boyfriend or the dad rape the child. Women just be with any man who makes them feel good in bed there’s a lot of sign when a man or a woman is evil. WTF wrong with women now a day’s. Adults/ parents who kills a child should not get 26 yrs. In prison. They should be in the death penalty. Remember this people who reads my comment observe a child behavior or see any bruises and if a child is acting not right please do something. A child always tells the truth. Please let’s stop child abuse it hurts me so badly that the mother’s goes along hurting and even raping there own child along with there man. I just don’t f&/^€ng get it. Sometimes I wonder if God will forgive those who rapes and kill there children. To all the little angels who suffered by the hands of a sick human being you will never suffer no more your now in heaven, especially Briana.RIP

  14. my heart goes out to all the children gone too soon, may you rest in peace sweet angels, where you can no longer feel any pain. people like DHS in the USA, and CAS in Ontario don’t care about the children being abused. they only concentrate on taking children from loving families so they can get abused, raped and so on till death, it’s the only way these cold hearted bastards know how to make a buck. visit http://www.blakout.ca DHS and CAS are as powerful as god, even if the police know what they are doing is wrong they have they can’t even stop them governmental law that cas has no rules or regulation, they can do as they want. so many bills have tried by the democratic party to make these child killers have rules and regulations, cause isn’t that the reason there suppose to be around to protect the children, where as they do is join the child killers . these cold hearted companies thrive on apprehending children from aboriginal and low income families, cause they know once the family is out of money for legal fees, a legal won’t help, they side with whatever the CAS or DHS worker has written in their reports. hearing stories of how many children, which over 65% of those are from 0-4 years of age. all the heart breaking stories I have watched they will leave me forever broken. I cannot fathom how someone can hurt a innocent child, I have 4 children of my own and I would give my own soul to protect them

  15. The first picture that claims to be Kelsey and her mother, Raye Dawn Smith, (the one where Kelsey is wearing the striped green dress, laying down) is actual Kelsey and her step-mother, Ashley. Just thought you should know. Beautiful tribute to Miss Kelsey.

  16. She is a Beautiful angel playing in God’s beautiful kingdom. God is in control of all wrath. I leave all wrath up to Him. It breaks my heart that this precious child had to face such pain that should NEVER have happened to her. As I type my heart and body fills up with rage. But I know God is in control. And He does not want me to feel anything but love towards this child. He will take care of the rest. Thank you Lord!

  17. I hope this sub-human is receiving the same treatment in jail that he bestowed on Kelsey. RIP angel. Xoxo

  18. This is absolutely disgusting!!!! That Judge should be tried & held accountable for his involvement & should be charged right alongside the bitch & the bastard for “enabling child abuse & murder”. When is this going to stop!!?? Who’s going to teach these judges & child protection systems when they continuously make the wrong decision & lead these children to their brutal death!!?? They need to be held accountable just as much as the abuser! Why is the mother held accountable but, not the judge!? Too many children are being murdered because of judges who don’t have the sense god gave them!! WHY, WHY, WHY are they not being charged!!?? As for the Mom, some people are defending her saying things like, Do you see an abused child in these pics? No, neither did her Mom. REALLY!!?? She was a toddler!! A Mom sees her toddlers naked body several times a day each & every day!!! There is no possible friggin way she did not see bruising on her body & around her genitals!!! No friggin way!!! Kelsey should not have been with any single person in any of those families!!! They’re all dangerous to a small child & should never be allowed to ever have any other children in their care! If a grown woman is being abused (sometimes even a grown man), they have the knowledge & ability to take themselves out of the situation. When a child is being abused, they have no way out on their own! Their only way out is through the involvement of the system. Their little lives completely depend on the system that failed Kelsey & others & got them murdered!!!!! When is this going to end!? When is someone really going to protect the children once & for all!!?? And, Michael, charged with enabling!!!??? WTF!!!??? Again the wonderful work of the legal system! A man who has porn of his 2 year old step daughter & was identified by his own daughter as brutally beating Kelsey until she would throw up, charged with enabling!!!??? ENABLING!!!!???? I would like to enable my baseball bat to smash his friggin head in right after I’ve smashed his genitals in!!!!! What the hell is wrong with this world!!?? DISGUSTING!!!!!

  19. you are beautiful! Give Jesus a hug for me 😘

  20. I think raye new about the abuse of her little girl she needs to be in prison more than 27 years to and also kathie briggs bc Kelsey was in her care when she broke both her legs and DHS even said that was from child abuse 😠👿

  21. Both the breathing sex toy and Mommy Dearest can go free when baby girl Kelsey gets out of the cold grave they put her in…..

  22. my heart goes out to all the children gone too soon, may you rest in peace sweet angels, where you can no longer feel any pain. I just don’t understand why people will hurt their own kids like that, if people are gonna do that they have no rights to have their kids or don’t deserve to have any child. Precious angels don’t deserve to be beaten for no reason. I just can’t stand people who does that it makes me sick to my stomach. Kelsey didn’t do nothing wrong she was only a child and her mom and step dad need to be in jail more then what they have right now. Kelsey is a beautiful little angel and my prayers goes to her whole family. I just can’t imagine hurting my own son or any kid. Your supposed to love your kids not hurt them. People are just so cruel these days. When I found about Kelsey Briggs I sat down and cried because it breaks my heart hearing about a child or baby being beaten to death. Kelsey live on angel in gods kingdom be happy sweet angel. No child that was beaten will never be forgotten not even Kelsey Briggs. R.I.P

  23. For Omaree, a few who came in contact with you, your teachers, tried to save you but were ignored by child protective services, the rest, even the police officers who came when you secretly called 911 and left the phone off the hook so dispatchers could hear the screaming and beating, who saw your frightened face, didn’t, because they were at the end of their shift. So, even when you tried to save yourself, you couldn’t and those who should have protected you from conception, wouldn’t.
    Never given enough to eat, Beaten for years by a series of boyfriends, and the last stepfather, and finally, kicked to death by your mother.
    Through all of this, you remained a sweet boy. A beautiful soul.
    God help us all when we live in a world that ravages the innocents.

  24. I can’t believe, it’ so sad this little girl have to live on this way, I just hope the two monsters pay for what they’ve done.

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