Kelsey Smith-Briggs' paternal grandmother and step-grandmother can't do anything to help her now, but they're trying to prevent other children from suffering the same fate.
Kathie Briggs, her grandmother, and Teri Sigman, Kelsey's step-grandmother, are organizers for the second annual Kelsey Briggs Run Against Child Abuse, set for 2 p.m. Sunday near Shields Boulevard and Reno Avenue in Oklahoma City. Kelsey, 2, died Oct. 11, 2005, at her home near Meeker. Doctors said she died from abuse, and her mother, Raye Dawn Smith, and stepfather, Michael Lee Porter, were convicted of enabling the abuse that caused Kelsey's death.
"Obviously, we can't do anything that will change what happened to Kelsey,” Briggs said. "But we're hoping that by using her story and keeping this out in the open that we can raise awareness, help other kids when it does happen and be supportive to families when they are going through the same situation.”
Sigman said not enough attention is paid to child abuse and they hope the event will help encourage adults to speak up for abused children.
"Unfortunately, I feel like child abuse is going to be out there forever and it's never going to go away,” she said.