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Dead girl’s mother is pregnant again

By Ann Weaver Published: November 21, 2005
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CHANDLER The mother of the 2-year-old Meeker girl authorities claim was killed by her stepfather is pregnant with his child.

Raye Dawn Porter's counterclaim for divorce from Michael Lee Porter, 25, of Meeker, was filed this week in Lincoln County District Court.

According to court records, Raye Dawn Porter is requesting half of their marital assets, attorney fees and financial support for their unborn child.

She is about four months pregnant, her attorney, Steve Huddleston, said.

"I am not associating this child with the father, Raye Dawn Porter said in a statement provided by Huddleston. "This is my child. The circumstances surrounding this event are not the fault of the baby.

Michael Porter filed for divorce about one week after he was charged in Lincoln County District Court with first-degree murder in the Oct. 11 death of Kelsey Smith-Briggs. Kelsey was Raye Dawn Porter's child with her former husband, Lance Briggs, of Meeker.

Along with child support and medical expenses for her prenatal and postnatal care, Raye Dawn Porter wants the court to deny Michael Porter any form of visitation.

Huddleston said his client is not thinking of Michael Porter as the father of her baby, but rather is thinking of the child as her own, he said.

Raye Dawn Porter also is requesting a full accounting of her husband's assets to determine what was acquired prior to their seven-month marriage.

Michael Porter, who is the owner of Midwest Industries in Meeker, has been in Lincoln County's jail since his arrest. He is accused of inflicting the blunt force trauma to Kelsey's stomach that the state medical examiner has reported to have caused her death.

Kelsey was removed from her mother's custody in January when state child welfare workers suspected she was being abused. She had been returned to Raye Dawn Porter in June, although the state Department of Human Services continued to monitor her care.

Kelsey's death has prompted the organization of a grassroots group aimed at bringing about changes in the state's child welfare system.

Members of Let Our Voices Echo for Children are planning a peaceful demonstration today at the Lincoln County Courthouse and the state Department of Human Services office in Chandler.

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