BRISTOW — In her first public comments since being found guilty, the mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs denied again that she allowed the girl to be hurt and stated she "would love ... one day (to) try to live a normal life again.”
"I have always felt this was a conspiracy against me,” Raye Dawn Smith, 27, wrote in a report to the judge filed Thursday. "This entire ordeal has been ongoing far too long and I have never been treated like a mother who lost her daughter. I did everything I knew possible to do.”
Mother insults jurorsJurors on July 18 found Smith guilty of enabling child abuse. They voted for a punishment of 27 years. Formal sentencing is set for Sept. 10. Smith's mother, Gayla Smith, called the jurors "inbred.” "Evidently, they had their minds made up before they went in there,” Gayla Smith said in the report. "The jury has no idea who she was. They do not know our family.” Kelsey, 2, died Oct. 11, 2005, at her home near Meeker after months of suffering broken bones, bruises and other injuries. At trial, prosecutors alleged Kelsey's new stepfather abused the child and eventually sexually assaulted and murdered her and that Kelsey's mother did nothing to stop it. "It was pretty obvious she knew what was going on and seemingly didn't do anything about it,” one juror said after the verdict. Kelsey's stepfather, Michael Lee Porter, once charged with murdering Kelsey, pleaded guilty in February to enabling child abuse. He is serving 30 years in prison. Raye Dawn Smith did not testify at her trial. In written comments provided Aug. 2 for the report, she stated: "I never, ever thought Mike would've hurt Kelsey. If I would've thought that I would've ran” with "her and left everything else behind. Then I would've turned him in. "Kelsey was my best friend in the entire world and it hurts so bad for people to say the things they do. Presentencing report
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Raye Dawn Smith"I didn't hurt Kelsey and ... I didn't sit back and let it happen.”