RILEY ANN SAWYERS – BABY GRACE – BRUTALLY MURDERED – CCA0104 – UPDATED 11.20.2013

RILEY ANN SAWYERS – BABY GRACE – BRUTALLY MURDERED

Baby Grace Identified as Riley Ann Sawyers

Baby Grace Identified as Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers was a beautiful little girl with a sweet smile and big blue eyes.  From the day she entered this world, her kind and gentle spirit shone brightly.  This little girl was destined for great things, to touch the lives of many, and Riley did touch the lives of many, but not in the way that we had hoped.  On July 24, 2007, Riley Ann Sawyers was cruelly ripped from this world by her mother, Kimberly Dawn Trenor, and stepfather, Royce Clyde Zeiglar.  This beautiful little angel was brutally beaten to death.

Riley’s story is one that is especially heart breaking and saddening.  It is one which the world mourned before they even knew this angel’s name.

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Sheryl Sawyers

Sheryl Sawyers

This baby girl’s body was placed in a plastic storage container, and dumped in Galveston Bay, her body would wash up on a deserted island, and when she was found, no one knew who she was.  The girl in the plastic storage container was named “Baby Grace”, and authorities launched an extensive nationwide campaign to find Baby Grace’s true identity.  Sheryl Sawyers, Riley’s paternal grandmother, saw the composite sketch which was released for Baby Grace, and her heart sank as she immediately knew that Baby Grace, was her baby Riley.

Kimberly Dawn Trenor

Kimberly Dawn Trenor

Shaken and devastated, Sheryl notified the police that Baby Grace was her granddaughter, and on November 30, 2007, Baby Grace’s remains were determined to be the remains of Riley Ann Sawyers.  Following the identification of Riley’s remains, the story of her life began to unfold.

Riley’s mother, Trenor, was 15 years old and still in high school when she and Riley’s father, Robert Sawyers, found out they were pregnant with the baby girl.  On March 11, 2005, Riley entered this world, a gift and miracle to be treasured.  Trenor and Robert lived with Robert’s mother, Sheryl Sawyers, and Sheryl quickly became the primary care giver for Riley.

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Riley Ann Sawyer and Catherine Priester

Riley Ann Sawyer and Catherine Priester

Not long after Riley’s birth, Robert began a relationship with Catherine Priester, who he later married and had two sons with, Braden and Robert Sawyers.  Robert Sawyers describes his daughter as a “fun-loving girl with a big imagination.”  He says that Riley was very active, and very well-behaved.  He recalls how Riley would play “with a water hose, spraying the whole patio soaking wet until she was done with it.”

Riley Ann Sawyers Brother Braden

Riley Ann Sawyers Brother Braden

In 2006, Trenor, stating she suffered physical abuse at the hands of Robert, filed domestic violence charges and moved to Spring, Texas, to marry Royce Clyde Zeiglar, taking Riley with her.  Trenor and Zeiglar had met while playing the online game World of Warcraft, and married on June 1, 2007.

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Robert and Trenor had worked out a verbal agreement that Trenor would have primary care of Riley, and Robert would have regular visitation.  When Trenor failed to deliver Riley for a scheduled visit, Robert took the matter to court and asked that Trenor be ordered to obey the custody agreement.  At least two court summons were sent to Trenor, all which were returned unopened.

Royce Clyde Zeigler and Kimberly Dawn Trenor

Royce Clyde Zeigler and Kimberly Dawn Trenor

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Trenor would later allege that Child Protective Services had taken Riley away to explain her sudden disappearance.  Zeigler had asked Trenor to type up a fake letter from the Ohio Department of Children’s Services saying that Riley was taken away.  It was quickly determined that CPS was not involved in any form, nor were any missing reports filed for little Riley.

After marrying Trenor, Zeiglar had some pretty horrific ideas about how parenting and disciplining should work, and strongly believed in corporal punishment.  When Zeiglar felt that Trenor was not administering the appropriate ‘punishments’, he took over the task of disciplining Riley.  A list was made of the things which Riley needed to do to “behave” better.  The first six points were written by Zeigler, the following three, by Trenor.

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Rules For Riley

  1.  being polite
  2. Listen to mom & me
  3. sleep @ 8 pm
  4. nap @ 2 pm
  5. toys stay in her room
  6. puts toys back where she go em
  7. behaves in public
  8. never alone in our room
  9. chocolate/cake or treats only as a reward

I suppose they didn’t have enough time to get around to number ten before Riley was murdered.

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Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Trenor stated that on July 24, 2007, she and Zeiglar beat Riley, for forgetting to say “please” and yes, sir”.  Zeigler first shoved Riley’s face into a pillow in her room before the beating moved out to the living room.  Zeigler began beating Riley with a thin black leather belt, while screaming at her, before switching to a thicker leather belt which caused more pain.

Kimberly Dawn Trenor

Kimberly Dawn Trenor

Trenor then went and filled the bathtub with cold water, as Zeigler dragged Riley into the bathroom by her hair and held her head under water every time she screamed.  Zeigler then threw Riley by her hair onto a tile floor numerous times, one of which Trenor claims to have heard a loud cracking sound.  When Riley would try to run away, Zeigler would wrap the belt around her tiny throat and drag her back, at one point he even bit Riley on her right hand.  Throughout the beating, Riley, in an effort to stop the horrific abuse, would reach out to her mother, saying “I love you.”  This made Zeigler angrier and he told Trenor that Riley was only trying to manipulate her.

Royce Clyde Zeigler

Royce Clyde Zeigler

Riley was beaten until she was black and blue, and could no longer stand, Trenor stating “She didn’t have control of her legs.”.

This next little tidbit makes me just livid, Trenor also stated that Zeigler tried to give Riley Children’s Tylenol after the brutal beating, but Riley had trouble chewing and swallowing the pills.  Children’s Tylenol wasn’t even close to what Riley truly needed, and it didn’t take long for Riley’s little body to give out, unable to endure any more beatings.

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Riley was granted her wings.

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

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Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

When Trenor and Zeigler realized that Riley had died, they callously hatched a plan to dispose of the baby girl’s body.  A trip to WalMart was needed, and receipts showed the purchase of a shovel, Kilz cement, trash bags, rubber gloves, two respiratory masks, duct tape, anchor chain, small and large latex gloves, baby wash, two bottles of bleach and a large storage container.  Not quite your average shopping list is it.

Plastic Storage Bin Riley's Body Was Discovered In

Plastic Storage Bin Riley’s Body Was Discovered In

When Zeigler and Trenor arrived back at their home, they proceeded to wrap Riley’s tiny body in a purple towel and garbage bags, and stuffed her into the plastic storage container.  They brought the storage container out to the shed, and left this baby girl’s body in there to rot for two months before dumping the body into Galveston Bay.

Local fisherman, Robert Wayne Spinn, discovered the plastic storage bin on October 29, 2007.  The coroner confirmed three skull fractures, and the death of the little girl was ruled a homicide, her identity however, would remain unknown.  The tiny, battered body was identified as Baby Grace, and was later determined to be Riley.

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Royce Clyde Zeigler

Royce Clyde Zeigler

Shortly after Riley’s remains were identified, Zeigler, the disgusting excuse of a human being, attempted to take his own life by overdosing on prescription blood pressure medication and prescription antidepressants.  Zeigler left a note reading:

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To Whom It May Concern

I Royce Zeigler II leave my property to Kimberly Trenor Zeigler my wife.  I take my own life because of guilt for past sins which I have confessed before I took my life.  My wife Kimberly Zeigler is innocent and lived in fear … because of thought of what I would do to her.  Also my family can go burn in hell for their stress that they’ve caused.  So here I take my own life.

Sincerely.

Royce Zeigler II

(Below Trenor wrote)

My heart is black dead.  I can’t live with myself after Riley.  I go to be.

Kimberly Zeigler

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The note, was written on the same piece of paper which Riley’s Rules were written on.

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

It’s a shame that the coward lived, and would later testify in court that he was not the one responsible for Riley’s death, pointing the finger at Trenor.  His reasoning of why he was not guilty, well he had been in another room when Riley died.  So by Zeigler’s account of things, he is stating that someone can beat a child within an inch of their life, walk in the living room to watch TV until the child has died, and is absolved of responsibility because they were not there to see their innocent victim take their final breath.

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

I thought I had heard it all, guess not.

When Trenor and Zeigler finally admitted they had murdered Riley, they once again provided quite the excuse.  This time they called Riley’s death an accidental case of “discipline that went too far”.  The two were initially charged with injury to a child and tampering with evidence.

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Riley Ann Sawyers Funeral

Riley Ann Sawyers Funeral

On January 14, 2008, a judge ruled that samples taken during Riley’s autopsy were sufficient evidence for trial, and with that the baby girl’s remains were cremated and handed over to Riley’s family.  “Knowing is better than not knowing, but it doesn’t make it right,” said Sheryl Sawyers.

At Riley’s funeral, a small casket lay holding an urn with her ashes.  Pink roses were spread about as mourners gathered to grieve the loss of this amazing baby girl.  Respects were paid, and the family was given a chance to lay Riley to rest in peace.

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

A poem, written by family friend Kathey Hernandez, for Riley, was read by her uncle, and it says it all.

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Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Poem For Riley
Heaven has a brand new angel Her name is Riley Ann
We have to ask you favors We know you’ll understand
It’s hard for us to let her go So innocent and so small
She did not get to live her life So soon you came to call
We know that you were with her And she was not alone
You saw that she was hurting And chose to take her home
We ask that you take care of her And give her all our love
We know that she is safe within Your arms Dear God above
She likes to play with Elmo Her favorite movie “cars”
Just thought that you should know these things She even owns a star!

Riley Ann Sawyers Funeral

Riley Ann Sawyers Funeral

Teach her how to write her name We did not get the chance
And she loves to shop and sing And oh she loves to dance
She liked to put grams makeup On her pretty baby face
Her favorite was a lipstick Inside a fuzzy case
If she asks why she had to go Away and leave us here
Please tell her that we love her so And how much that we care
Ask her all her hopes and dreams And help her with her prayers

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

And if she ever cries to you Please wipe away her tears
We ask you that you tell her When we say how much she’s missed
We did not get to hug her tight Or give her one last kiss
When she looks down at her arms And sees that she has wings
Show her how to use them Please teach her all these things
Sweet baby till we meet again And get to hold you tight
The angels will take care of you And tuck you in at night
Her family cannot do these things For Riley anymore
But angels watching over her Will gladly do I’m sure
We will miss her so so much Our precious little girl

Riley Ann Sawyer's Headstone

Riley Ann Sawyer’s Headstone

Please tell her that we send our love From all around the world
So fly high little Angel (RileyAnn) Fly high up above
And know that you will always and Forever have our love

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Her grave remains a shrine to Riley regardless of the time that has passed.  Flowers, angels and stuffed animals remain vigil by her side.  Riley’s Uncle Mike placed lights to shine on Riley’s grave.  This beautiful girl shines bright every single night, just as she should.

Riley Ann Sawyers Headstone - Front and Back

Riley Ann Sawyers Headstone – Front and Back

Royce Clyde Zeigler

Royce Clyde Zeigler

On February 2, 2009, it took a jury 90 minutes to convict Trenor of the capital murder of her daughter.  She was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 38 years, November 24, 2047 is her first parole eligible day.  On November 6, 2009, Zeigler was convicted of capital murder and received an automatic sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, as the state did not seek the death penalty.

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

The evil that these two brought into this world is overwhelming and unmeasured.  They took the most beautiful thing on this Earth when they took the life of Riley Ann Sawyers.  We will never fully achieve justice for Riley, because is there really ever anything that will amount to her immeasurable worth.  I stand behind my opinion that these monsters should be forced to face the exact same cruelty the heaped on Riley, repeatedly.  They have taken away the miracle of a child’s life, but we will not let them take away Riley’s memory, nor her spirit.  Her memory and spirit will eternally remain very much alive.

Riley Ann Sawyers Memorial Garden

Riley Ann Sawyers Memorial Garden

Riley Ann Sawyers

Riley Ann Sawyers

The island on which Riley’s body was found, has been named Riley’s Island in honor of the baby girl’s memory.  On the island stands a beautiful cross, adorned with tributes to Riley.  The cross which stands on Riley’s Island was built by Tim Miller, the founder of Texas Equusearch, one of the world’s most renowned search and recovery organizations.  Tim’s own daughter, Laura, was murdered, and he had placed a cross at the site where her body was found.  Riley’s is a replica of Laura’s cross, and you can feel the love and dedication in which Tim built the cross for Riley, honoring her short, but beautiful life.  Riley’s Island has become a memorial site dedicated solely to the baby girl, and with it comes the assurance that Riley Ann Sawyers will never be forgotten.  She will remain in our hearts and we will forever celebrate her life with the beauty and joy it deserves.

Riley's Island

Riley’s Island

Riley Ann Sawyers - Heaven to Home

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~ by LTWH on November 21, 2013.

31 Responses to “RILEY ANN SAWYERS – BABY GRACE – BRUTALLY MURDERED – CCA0104 – UPDATED 11.20.2013”

  1. You will forever be in my heart sweet angel. I think about you every day since I’ve read your story. You will change me forever. You were so precious. May you rest in peace and no longer hurt or be scared. I so want to pick you up and hold you and rock away your pain. I began volunteering for abused children and it will forever be in your memory my angel. I love you sweet heart and will remember you forever. God Bless you my love. XOXO

  2. the electric chair after they’ve spent so many years behind bars gives all inmates a pop at them maybe then they’ll no how little riley felt

  3. I am absolutely devastated reading this horrible horrible story. That poor little girl, screaming I love you at her mum, begging her to help and she sat there and watched her daughter beaten to death. Its just the most sickening thing ive even read in my life. The whole thing will give me nightmares for a long time. After what I read there is nothing I can think of which will make anything better. Im glad she is not going to have any more torture from these people and her suffering has ended but i just wish someone could of held her tight and that she knew someone loved her 😦 RIP little angel im so sorry this happened to you.

    • Michelle I absolutely agree 100%. The part where I read that she said I Love You to her mommy while being beaten just rips my heart out! Why do people do this to children….WHY??? *crying*

      • Why would someone do this to a poor little innocent girl that did not even do any thing to Royce Ziegler at all why did he beat Riley Ann sawyers for no reason at all I think Riley Ann sawyers was an amazing brilliant little girl I ever seen I cried when i seen. The show I started crying like crazy and why would a mother and step dad murder a little girl in my opinion I think Royce Ziegler is a cruel man

  4. I’m literally crying my eyes out. A child is a gift from God, a blessing! If you can’t care for your child or know you will not give that baby the best life you can then there are options. Beating a child to death, not giving that child a chance at life…..your sick. I hope you both rot in them cells and that inmates find out what your in there for and beat the living shit out of you every time they have the chance. This beautiful beautiful little girl yelling I love you to her mom, the one who was pregnant for 9 months, who gave birth to her, the one who should of did everything in her power to keep her daughter safe, failed. I couldn’t even imagine…..I have a beautiful, amazing 5 year old son, I’m now 27, and this had me angry, in tears and just so grateful for my gift…My son. I could never ever in my life watch him be in pain. Even when he is sick I wish I could be sick and suffer for him. That’s my everything, why I breathe….God tomorrow when he wakes up I’m going to hug him so tight and tell him how much I love him! Riley Ann I wish I could of took away your pain, you beautiful angel I wish I could hug you so tight and tell you everything is going to be alright. If anyone feels they are going to harm an innocent child, there are plenty of couples who would love to have a baby and can’t…give your child a chance at life….a better life. Riley Ann Rest peacefully baby girl, God hold her tight!

  5. i agree with you the offenders should have the same thing done to them. it was hard for me to read it without crying.

  6. I could never allow anyone to hurt my child or any child for that matter, how could you look at your baby that is reaching for you and saying “I love you” and do nothing? You would have to be heartless, and then let her poor little body rot in a container for two months before dumping her in the bay? How can people do such things and live with themselves? May you be happy now little baby girl up in heaven with the angels and God, and I hope that ANYONE that reads this will speak out for these children and give them a voice, and protect them from harm, if you suspect child abuse in anyway don’t stay quiet not even for a moment, because that’s all it takes to end a childs life.

  7. God bless you Tim Miller ♥ Your acts in making Rileys Island are a testaments to the love , grief and dedication you have for our missing and murdered.
    As for this beautiful baby girls killers , ROT IN HELL ! They deserved the death penaly but here in Texas we are some how getting soft on child abuse and murder . I saw it personally in the brutal beating death of 2 year old Cheriko Ressler who was murdered by career criminal Steve Shannon Veselka who only got 5-20 years for brutally murdering the baby in front of his year older sister. Texas , all states, wake up and lock away or kill these animals.
    Love you Riley and Cheriko . I know you are in Heaven sharing toys and finally allowed to be free to be a typical child , running ,laughing ,eating cake and having fun together with all our other stolen angels.

  8. I have a little 2 year old, this story left me crying the last 2 days. I am so so sorry. I hope God took her soul before the torture started and the fact that she still told her mommy she loves her, broke me completely. Wishing the poor daddy and grandma peace (although I can’t see that you will be bale to ever get it). You are in my prayers…

  9. I am in floods of tears after reading this 😦 My daughter is 20 months old and I cannot even imagine hurting her as I get upset if she is upset. I do not understand how Riley’s mum stood there and watched her baby plead for her life and did not do anything. The thought of that tiny girl realising that her mummy, whom she trusted and loved, was abandoning her in her moment of pain is breaking my heart. If anyone attacked my baby I would fight them until either their or my last breath. I was so upset after reading this story that I went into my baby’s room, sat on the floor beside her cot and watched her sleep for a while. Your children are what makes you whole. They bring you so much love and laughter. Seeing their wee face smile at you, hearing them laugh and getting a hug from two tiny arms gives you more joy than anything else in the world. There are no words to comfort those that have lost a child. My thoughts and sympathies are with Riley’s realatives that loved and cherished her and I’m sure they are left feeling helpless and lost. Rest in peace Riley sweetheart xxx

  10. This case angered me so much. I couldn’t understand it. This baby was 2. I don’t care how “out of control” she was there was absolutely no need to bring the belt into this! If she was acting up all the time like Mommy and her live in dildo claimed they could have just spanked her with their hand on her diaper or thigh. Personally I don’t think she acted up all that much, but rather Mommy’s new man simply didn’t want to play Daddy to this baby and mistreated her while the dickhungry skank watched.

  11. I would love to have 10min alone with that guy… He would be begging for Satan…….

  12. Rip sweet heart we all love you for what they done to you they should be hung or give the electric chair as life is to easy for them behind bars your in my heart forever riley xx

  13. I saw that Sheryl has bracelets for awareness. How do I contact her?

  14. Im in the office when I read this. I want to cry… really if just not in my work. This is just heartbreaking. How can a mother bear to see her daughter in pain? And worst, she helped in torturing the child. My goodness! I have 2 daughters and I love them very much more than anything and anybody else. God bless the soul of this little child.

  15. There’s another child involved here. Mommie Dearest got pregnant intentionally shortly before they were arrested, because the man told her a pregnant woman would get lots of sympathy. She gave birth to a baby boy while in jail that her man refused to give up rights to,which meant he couldn’t be placed for adoption with a loving family. The mother even tried to appeal that she should be allowed to go home to her baby,but she didn’t get any of that pity her man made her think she would. Not once has either of them ever been sorry for what they did to poor Riley. Only about saving themselves.

    • OMG – I didn’t know this – that is disgusting!! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • To the best of my knowledge baby boy Shawn was placed with distance relatives of Trenor who wanted to adopt him by Social Services shortly after birth. The State of Texas then had to take Ziegler to court to forcibly terminate his parental rights in order to legally free the baby for adoption. Shawn was born in July 2008 and is presumably a happy and healthy 2nd grader who knows nothing about his murderous parents and who neither have been allowed to lay eyes on since birth.

  16. I just today saw the show about this story. It literally made me sick to my stomach. I don’t understand ppl who can hurt children in general & to hurt your OWN child on purpose like that… I just don’t get it. & to KEEP doing it while the innocent face is crying at you while saying I Love you. That guy saying she only said it to manipulate the mom…cuz yeah all 2 yr Olds think of when being tortured (not just abused but tortured)is how to manipulate someone. My heart breaks when I think of the fact that in reality she did still love her mom in that moment & needed to be loved in return. I hope she knew that her daddy & grandma still loved her even though she was probably lied to about why she couldn’t see them anymore.
    I do not condone violence usually but in this case I wish these 2 evil people experience many times over what they put her through. I can’t believe they took a break to give her tylenol & to ice her bruises & then put a heating pad on her ss she turned cold & died. Had she lived they would have picked up the beating after their break.
    I’m sorry it’s hurting me so much thinking about this that I could go on forever but I will end this by thanking the police that solved the case & cared so much about baby grace, an unknown who needed love before learning her identity then really got so invested in justice for her that they went to Ohio not to just be at her funeral but to help lay her to rest as pallbearers. Also thanks to the lawyers, judge & jury who meted out the justice. It will never be enough but it’s the best.
    the poem written for this sweet angel was beautiful & I hope many more read it. Sweet angel you will be in my thoughts as will your family that will always love you. Until you see them AGAIN in Heaven keep watch out For them. You have touched more lives than you will know & hopefully your story has & will continue to help & save other children. Enjoy your wings baby girl & rest in peace

  17. When I got to the end of the story and read their sentences I said out loud “Oh thank God”. My stomach was hurting, it made me feel sick just to READ this horrible story. To know they got a life sentence helped a little.

  18. How in the world could your child look you right in the face and say “I love you” and not do anything to stop your daughter from being beaten?? You’d have to be the most emotionless, heartless and careless mother on the planet!

  19. On an American true crime show I watched recently, the ex boyfriend/baby daddy never said a disparaging word about the mother when interviewed. He said she was very good even excellent who would never even spank let alone beat Riley… for all the time mother and child resided in Ohio. He insisted that Trenor’s only crime was to listen to her new man’s extreme beliefs and go along complacently with them,because she likely feared being kicked out on the streets if she didn’t (and having too much pride to return from Texas to Ohio in that case). Many many many mothers are behind bars nowadays for thinking that they can’t live without a man in their lives which leads to their innocent children paying the ultimate price. I am torn about whether such mothers should be prosecuted though. When does Complacency become a crime?

    • I respect where your coming from Nobody’s Boy. But to me the mother was right there when Riley was beaten and she did nothing at all to stop it. In my opinion, if your a bystander and you witness the crime and do nothing to stop it, you are just as guilty as the person who committed the crime. She could’ve saved Riley’s life and she didn’t. I don’t want to hear that she was afraid of getting kicked out on the streets. This is your daughter. You fight for her life until the day you die.You do everything in your power to keep her safe. Riley didn’t have a choice to suffer from a beating, her mother did have the choice to save her life and she chose not to. I’m sorry, but to me her mother is guilty. Period.

      • Though to some extent she’s guilty and deserving of punishment, Riley’s mother is also a victim and I do not believe she would have ever harmed or murdered her child if not for her live in dilldo with a heartbeat. Most dead children aren’t dead because of their mothers. They are dead because of the jealous and psychotic men in their mothers’ lives. I know from personal experience how much a man can change a mother.I grew up in a household with an abusive male, someone who would beat the whole house including the dog if he was drunk or high or mad enough, and did not always receive the protection of my mother. She was scared of my stepfather nearly as much as the children were. It was more likely that my younger brother would attempt to protect our mother against his father using his own little body than our mother would come to our rescue against her man. She tried a few times to intervene, in the beginning when the children she brought to the marriage were very young like Riley, but it didn’t take much mental and physical abuse to break her spirit,even though she wasn’t a small woman admittedly. It was a choice of either trying to lessen our suffering at the risk of enraging the brute even more and getting abuse she wouldn’t have gotten otherwise or going along with the program and preserving herself. The choice wasn’t a difficult one since her man/pimp/sugar daddy had placed himself in the God position of her life and was doing a great job of convincing her that we children didn’t want her to be happy,so were deliberately trying to ruin their relationship. We had nothing to offer our mother except ourselves and love while my stepfather could give her anything she desired. We lost the battle every time.A manipulative man is a very powerful thing. He can very easily get inside of a woman’s head,soon own her soul,and eventually eliminate all competition from the woman’s life including the woman’s children. I can see little Riley now being denigrated to her mother day after day,with no one to stick up for her and remind her mother of her worth, until finally her twisted stepfather was free to take out his sadistic inclinations on her with her mother’s full approval.

  20. This is “discipline”?!I myself was spanked with a belt a few times growing up when all the reasoning and warnings and pleading in the world couldn’t persuade me to settle down. A few blows to the clothed bottom with my father’s belt while he held me by the arm never killed me. It was a perfectly legal punishment according to the laws of the United States as a legitimate spanking and I calmed the Hell down afterwards. That being said…… Riley was NOT spanked. She was BEATEN LIKE A DAMNED DOG!!!! A baby still in diapers who was stripped naked and tortured to death! And for what? Does anyone know what specific incident kicked off this day of torture? Riley said ” Mama,want milk!” instead of Ziegler’s approved “Please may I have some milk,ma’am?” Anyone know of a 2 year old child who can recall and speak such long sentences easily? I didn’t think so! Riley couldn’t say all that and Ziegler knew it. He simply did not like the little girl and figured if he had to have her in his home he would beat her into submission early on to avoid later conflicts when she was old enough to question her mistreatment. He did that so well that he never has to worry about her dissent,because she’s dead. Mommie Dearest was just along for the ride,but she KNEW it was wrong and utterly FAILED as a mother to do her most important task,defend the life she labored to bring into this world.

  21. This makes me heartbroken, sweet little girl. From the first time i read about Riley i often think about her. Vila i frid fina lilla flicka.

  22. I cried while reading this.. So innocent and precious..The pain she must have felt and to endured for so long.. Done by the one she loved – her own mother. This truly breaks my heart..

  23. Forever in my heart sweet child. So sorry to the family for your loss. I know Heaven is a much better place with such a sweet Angel in it. Thanks for sharing your story, I cannot even begin to imagine what pain you must feel each day but I hope God continue to ease it each day through your son’s. Sending hugs & love from Georgia.

  24. I hate these people deep in my soul. I have never once seen fear in my children’s eyes when they looked at me.
    IF YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE A CHILD THEY ARE EVERYTHING. Screw everything else that was ever important, if it interferes with your child it doesn’t need to be there.
    How could a woman birth and care for a child and watch them being beaten while proclaiming their love and begging for help?
    I cannot find words for the deep hatred and anger I feel towards those that harm the most beautiful gift.
    I am pregnant with my fourth child. I only have one living child. My babies were not here long but every moment I had with them was precious and full of love and adoration.
    I hate people who take for granted their healthy living children, to hold their little bodies close and smell their scent and hear their quiet breathing is heaven on earth. I hate these people.

  25. This is self explanatory, just don’t have the words, read your tribute on the site

    Terri

    I read your news coverage on Riley, wrote this to her grandma on FB

    Are you Riley Ann Sawyers grand mother or relative? For the last 9 years I too have been grieving her loss, I cry intermittently and unstoppably thinking of her last words that went unheeded by her blood mother “I love you Mommy” – I WANT TO START A RILEY ANN SAWYERS FOUNDATION FOR PROTECTION OF CHILDREN ALL OVER THE WORLD, I WANT HER TO LIVE FOREVER, because I’ve been PRAYING to God to SEND HER BACK so I can take care of her, but I know He won’t so let me protect the other Riley’s who can suffer… and let her LIVE FOREVER AMEN

    Call me +1 305 586 1340 TEARFULLY YOURS

    Imran / Crystal Kazmi
    http://www.jointhepieces.com

    Help me as I grieve her, tearfully, I wish I could do just what I am aiming to, MAKE HER LIVE FOREVER

    Connect me to her Mom, her dad, and the COP who discovered her body and named her BABY GRACE.

    It’s unbearable…

    Love

    Imran/Crystal
    305 586 1340
    http://www.blahblah.info

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