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Kelsey Smith-Briggs' mother gets no money from lawsuit settlement

BY NOLAN CLAY Modified: February 9, 2010 at 5:11 pm •  Published: February 9, 2010
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A federal judge ruled today the mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs will get nothing from the settlement of a lawsuit over her daughter's death.

Raye Dawn Smith wanted half of the $345,097 leftover from the settlement. She is in prison for enabling her daughter's abuse.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti means that money will go to Kelsey's father.

Kelsey died from abuse Oct. 11, 2005, at her home near Meeker. The case was one of the most highly publicized murder cases in Oklahoma for the next two years.

Smith testified in January she wanted half to repay her family for her legal expenses. She said she would give anything left after that to an infant crisis center in Oklahoma City and a children's hospital.

She is appealing her conviction.

Lance Briggs filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the state Department of Human Services and others.

Last year, the state paid $525,000 to settle the lawsuit, and a private agency paid $100,000. Attorneys got 40 percent of the settlement plus expenses.

No one was convicted of murder in the child's death.

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