Kelsey Smith Briggs

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  • Legislator plans Kelsey law to reform child protection

    By Randy Ellis | Updated: Mon, Dec 26, 2005

    State Rep. Kris Steele says he is taking the October death of 2-year-old Kelsey Smith-Briggs personally and plans to push legislation to reform the state's child protection system. "Right now it's called the Child Protection Reform Act, but I fully intend and hope to rename it the Kelsey Briggs...

  • State asks for delay in Kelsey case

    By Britten Follett | Updated: Fri, Dec 23, 2005

    New developments Thursday night in the death of two year old Kelsey Smith-Briggs. We first told you Wednesday night about the release of her step-father Michael Porter. He's the only person charged in her murder. Britten Follett is following the investigation for us.

  • Kelsey suspect released

    By Ann Weaver | Updated: Thu, Dec 22, 2005

    CHANDLER A Meeker man accused of murdering his 2-year-old stepdaughter was released from jail Wednesday after his bail was lowered. Also, the preliminary hearing for Michael Lee Porter was delayed. Porter, 25, is accused of striking Kelsey Smith-Briggs in the abdomen Oct. 11 at their...

  • New details given in Kelsey case

    By Britten Follett | Updated: Thu, Dec 22, 2005

    Michael Porter, the only person charged with the murder of two year old Kelsey Smith Briggs, is out of jail Wednesday night. Porter has posted a one million dollar bond. He must get an ankle tracking bracelet, surrender his passport, and not have contact with anyone involved in the case, except...

  • Judge defends returning Kelsey

    By Nolan Clay and Ann Weaver | Updated: Fri, Dec 16, 2005

    CHANDLER - A judge said Thursday he returned Kelsey Smith-Briggs to her mother in June because state law gave him no other choice. Commission Report Associate District Judge Craig Key spoke out after a new report revealed he went against a recommendation from the state Department of Human...

  • Judge's decision to return abused girl critical

    By Britten Follett | Updated: Fri, Dec 16, 2005

    New and important information in the death of two year old Kelsey Smith Briggs. Thursday night we've learned exactly what information the judge used when he decided to give her back to her mom, Raye Dawn. The two year old died four months later. Her step-father, Mike Porter, has been charged...

  • Judge returned girl, report shows

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Thu, Dec 15, 2005

    A new report in the Kelsey Smith-Briggs murder case reveals a judge in June let the abused girl go back to her mom immediately, even though a Department of Human Services child welfare worker recommended the return be "phased in." Commission Report Associate District Judge Craig Key ruled...

  • Records remain closed

    By Ann Weaver | Updated: Tue, Dec 13, 2005

    CHANDLER - A judge has ruled confidential records involving Kelsey Smith-Briggs can be released to her parents and the man accused of killing the girl, but not to the public. Related documents Special Judge David Cawthon made the decision in a case that has attracted widespread attention. The...

  • Records remain closed

    By Ann Weaver | Updated: Tue, Dec 13, 2005

    CHANDLERA judge has ruled confidential records involving Kelsey Smith-Briggs can be released to her parents and the man accused of killing the girl, but not to the public. Special Judge David Cawthon made the decision in a case that has attracted widespread attention. The judge told The Oklahoman...

  • Who killed Kelsey?

    By Nolan Clay, Randy Ellis and Ann Weaver | Updated: Sun, Dec 11, 2005

    MEEKER - The stepfather charged with murdering young Kelsey Smith-Briggs has told friends from jail that he didn't do it and her mother should be arrested instead. Death puzzles those who know stepdad "Reach out to everyone you can and let them know that I will be back," Michael Lee Porter...

  • 52 gifts represent child abuse victims

    By Rosa Flores | Updated: Sun, Dec 11, 2005

    52 empty gifts were placed under the Capitol Christmas tree in exchange for attention from lawmakers. Family and friends of Kelsey Smith-Briggs delivered a gift for every child killed from abuse. The 52nd gift. For Kelsey's life. Rosa Flores is at the Capitol with the story.

  • Who killed Kelsey?

    By Nolan Clay, Randy Ellis And Ann Weaver | Updated: Sun, Dec 11, 2005

    MEEKER The stepfather charged with murdering young Kelsey Smith-Briggs has told friends from jail that he didn't do it and her mother should be arrested instead. "Reach out to everyone you can and let them know that I will be back, Michael Lee Porter wrote in a letter to his secretary and...

  • Death puzzles those who know stepdad

    By Nolan Clay, Randy Ellis and Ann Weaver | Updated: Sun, Dec 11, 2005

    MEEKER - Kelsey called him Daddy Mike. Michael Lee Porter, 25, accused of murdering his new stepdaughter Oct. 11, is known to friends as a good young man who played basketball at Shawnee High School and took over the family business after his father and mother died. He also has a reputation...

  • Death puzzles those who know stepdad

    By Nolan Clay, Randy Ellis And Ann Weaver | Updated: Sun, Dec 11, 2005

    MEEKER Kelsey called him Daddy Mike. Michael Lee Porter, 25, accused of murdering his new stepdaughter Oct. 11, is known to friends as a good young man who played basketball at Shawnee High School and took over the family business after his father and mother died. He also has a reputation as a...

  • 52 gifts represent murdered children

    By Rosa Flores | Updated: Sat, Dec 10, 2005

    52 empty gifts were placed under the Capitol Christmas tree in exchange for attention from lawmakers. Family and friends of Kelsey Smith-Briggs delivered a gift for every child killed from abuse. The 52nd gift. For Kelsey's life. Rosa Flores is at the Capitol with the story.

  • Father files $15 million claim in 2-year-old daughter’s death

    By Ann Weaver | Updated: Mon, Dec 5, 2005

    The father of the 2-year-old Meeker girl whose care was being overseen by child welfare workers when she died has filed a $15 million claim against the state about his daughter's death. In his tort claim notice, Lance Briggs, 24, of Meeker, is demanding $15 million and a systemwide overhaul of...

  • Social worker faced charge

    By Nolan Clay And Ann Weaver | Updated: Fri, Dec 2, 2005

    CHANDLER A private child welfare worker in the Kelsey Smith-Briggs case was accused in 1997 of beating her daughter with a fly swatter, records show. The discovery of the misdemeanor charge is the latest twist in the murder case that has raised widespread questions about whether the state's...

  • Blog Spot: Meeker girl's death sparks outrage

    By Ed Murray | Updated: Tue, Nov 29, 2005

    Last month's death of two-year-old Kelsey Smith-Briggs, and the efforts of her father to obtain DHS documents regarding her case, are starting to get national attention.

  • Testimony in dead tot's custody hearing revealed

    Updated: Tue, Nov 29, 2005

    Tuesday markssix weeks since 2-year-old Kelsey Smith Briggs was murdered. Tonight we have new information as to why, after months of abuse, the judge decided to give her back to her mom Raye Dawn.

  • Protesters want toddler's files released

    By Britten Follett | Updated: Tue, Nov 22, 2005

    A judge has spent the last week reading Kelsey Briggs' six-hundred page DHS file, but he hasn't made a decision whether to release it.

  • Toddler’s death sparks rally to prevent abuse

    By Carrie Coppernoll | Updated: Tue, Nov 22, 2005

    CHANDLER More than a month after 2-year-old Kelsey Smith-Briggs died, family, friends and strangers are coping with her death by calling attention to child-abuse prevention. Nearly 50 adults and children gathered Monday afternoon outside the Lincoln County Courthouse to peacefully protest a...

  • Group protests handling of Meeker girl's case

    By Dave Jordan | Updated: Mon, Nov 21, 2005

    After weeks of getting no answers in their quest for information on Kelsey Smith-Briggs' death, Lincoln County residents take to the streets in protest.

  • Dead girl’s mother is pregnant again

    By Ann Weaver | Updated: Mon, Nov 21, 2005

    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...

  • Threats prompt DHS to add security guard

    By Ann Weaver | Updated: Fri, Nov 18, 2005

    CHANDLER Workers at the state Department of Human Services office in Chandler have received threats over the death of a 2-year-old Meeker girl, prompting state officials to hire security for the office, DHS spokesman George Johnson said Thursday. Johnson said safety concerns are heightened by...

  • Judge delays records access

    Updated: Wed, Nov 16, 2005

    The father of the 2 year-old Meeker girl authorities claim was killed by her stepfather isn't getting access to state records documenting the child's past abuse at least not yet. Associate District Judge David Cawthon said Tuesday he believes Kelsey Smith-Briggs' father, Lance Briggs, is...



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THE PEOPLE


Raye Dawn Porter: Kelsey's mom.


Michael Lee Porter: Kelsey's stepfather - charged with first-degree muder.


Lance Briggs: Kelsey's father - coming home from overseas military service at the time of her death.


Kathie Briggs: Kelsey's grandma - calling for reforms.


Craig Key: Kelsey's judge - gave Kelsey back to her mother.

TIMELINE

The final months of Kelsey Smith-Briggs' life
Jan. 9, 2005:
Kelsey suffers a broken collarbone and bruises while in the care of her mom, Raye Dawn Smith.

Jan. 24:
Kelsey is moved to her paternal grandmother, Kathie Briggs.

April:
Kelsey is still in Briggs' care but visits her mom regularly. She breaks both shins.

April 18:
Raye Dawn Smith marries Michael Lee Porter.

May 3:
Kelsey is placed in state Department of Human Services custody because of the broken legs. She is moved to her maternal grandmother, Gayla Smith.

June 15:
Lincoln County - Associate District Judge Craig Key rules that who abused Kelsey is unknown. The judge returns Kelsey to her mother.

Aug. 19:
Kelsey is hurt in a car accident.

Oct. 11:
Kelsey dies, allegedly after her stepfather, Michael Porter, strikes her in the stomach at their home near Meeker.

Since Oct. 11
Separate memorial services were held the same day, with sheriff’s deputies at one to keep the peace. Her new stepfather, Michael Lee Porter, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He is free on $250,000 bail. The judge and attorneys are set to meet Jan. 27. Her mother, Raye Dawn Porter, remains under investigation. She hired an attorney.
Mike and Raye Dawn Porter are divorcing.

Kelsey’s father, Lance Briggs, filed notice with the state, seeking $15 million for her death and an overhaul of the Department of Human Services.

Lance Briggs and his wife, Ashley, are divorcing.

Rallies are held outside the Lincoln County Courthouse and at the Capitol. Some call for the judge in Kelsey’s case to resign.

State Rep. Kris Steele begins work on reform legislation to be called the Kelsey Briggs Law.

Kelsey’s outspoken grandmother, Kathie Briggs, calls for changes.

A Web site is created. Briggs writes on the home page that she realized Kelsey’s purpose in being after Kelsey “joined the other little angels in Heaven.” Briggs writes: “She was put here to make a difference - to make sure other children are protected.”

Kelsey's Purpose Web site