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Dying Too Young: Olivia Scroggins

Oklahoman Modified: March 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm •  Published: March 26, 2009

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Name: OIivia Scroggins

Age: 23 months

Place of residence: Oklahoma City

Died: Aug. 20, 2007

What happened: Olivia and her younger brother were physically and sexually abused by their mother's boyfriend, Kerry Joe Smith, according to authorities. Smith and the mother, Wendy Deniece Scroggins, were arrested after they left the girl's lifeless body at an Oklahoma City hospital. Smith, 23, is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Wendy Scroggins, 23, was sentenced in February 2008 to 75 years in prison for permitting child abuse.

Other: The girl was known as “Livi” to her family. She was described her as a smart, energetic, strong-willed daredevil who loved to jump off the couch on to pillows on the floor.

“Olivia was the life of the party,” great-grandmother Lola Berry said. “She was the center of attention.”

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