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  • Kelsey's mom sentenced to 27 years in prison

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2010

    BRISTOW — A judge today sentenced Raye Dawn Smith to 27 years in prison for enabling the abuse of her daughter, Kelsey Smith-Briggs. Kelsey, 2, died Oct. 11, 2005, at her home near Meeker after months of suffering broken bones, bruises and other injuries. Jurors chose the punishment July 18...

  • Last defense witness testifies in abuse trial

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2009

    BRISTOW — The mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs sobbed, "I don't understand. Help me,” in court Wednesday after jurors found her guilty of allowing the girl to be abused.

  • Mom found guilty; jury hands down 27-year prison term

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2009

    BRISTOW — The mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs sobbed, "I don't understand. Help me,” in court Wednesday after jurors found her guilty of allowing the girl to be abused.

  • Pastor testifies for defense in Smith's trial

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2009

    BRISTOW — A pastor testified today that Raye Dawn Smith cried out to him at the hospital after her daughter died Oct. 11, 2005, asking, "Why did God take my baby?”

  • Kelsey lost her spirit weeks before death, grandmother testifies

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2009

    BRISTOW — The outspoken grandmother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs told jurors today that the 2-year-old had changed for the worse when they were last together weeks before her death.

  • Smith weeps during testimony about Kelsey's injuries

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2009

    BRISTOW — Raye Dawn Smith wept again today as jurors saw autopsy photos and diagrams of the bruises, scrapes and other injuries to her dead daughter’s body.

  • Defense opens in abuse trial

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Sun, Aug 23, 2009

    BRISTOW — The first defense witness at the child-abuse trial for Raye Dawn Smith said Monday the mother wanted an autopsy to find out why her 2-year-old daughter died in 2005, but her new husband opposed it.

  • Kelsey's mom won't be retried

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Thu, Dec 6, 2007

    BRISTOW — The mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs has lost her first bid for a new trial. Raye Dawn Smith is serving 27 years in prison for enabling child abuse. Jurors in July found Smith, 28, guilty of allowing her then-husband to abuse Kelsey. In a decision filed Tuesday, her trial judge, Paul...

  • Kelsey's mom loses bid for new trial

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Wed, Dec 5, 2007

    BRISTOW — The mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs has lost her first bid for a new trial. Raye Dawn Smith is serving 27 years in prison for enabling child abuse. Jurors in July found Smith, 28, guilty of allowing her then-husband to abuse Kelsey. In a decision filed Tuesday, her trial judge,...

  • Kelsey's mom seeks new abuse trial

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Mon, Oct 22, 2007

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  • Kelsey's dad plans appeal

    By Ann Kelley | Updated: Fri, Oct 12, 2007

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  • Kelsey's run aims to prevent child abuse

    By Michael Kimball | Updated: Wed, Oct 3, 2007

    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...

  • How Kelsey's mother spent her time in court
    Convict tells dead girl's grandmother, ‘I forgive you,' which afterward spurs the comment, ‘She's demented'

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Tue, Sep 11, 2007

    BRISTOW — The mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs passed up her chance Monday to ask a judge for mercy or to again claim she is innocent. Instead, Raye Dawn Smith looked toward her former mother-in-law and said, "Kathie, I forgive you.” The judge then ordered Smith to serve 27 years in prison for...

  • Kelsey's mother gets 27 years in prison

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Mon, Sep 10, 2007

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  • Your thoughts: Kelsey's mom sentenced to 27 years in prison

    Published: Mon, Sep 10, 2007

  • ‘Conspiracy against me'

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Fri, Aug 24, 2007

    BRISTOW — In her first public comments since being found guilty, the mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs denied again that she allowed the girl to be hurt and stated she "would love ... one day (to) try to live a normal life again.” "I have always felt this was a conspiracy against me,” Raye...

  • Attorney may seek new trial

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Thu, Aug 16, 2007

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  • Well-known attorney will represent Kelsey's mom

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Wed, Aug 8, 2007

    BRISTOW — Well-known attorney Stephen Jones said today he has been hired to represent the mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs. Jones met with Raye Dawn Smith for an hour Monday in jail in Sapulpa. He said he was hired by her family last week. Jurors on July 18 found Smith guilty of enabling child...

  • Court briefs

    | Updated: Tue, Aug 7, 2007

    DENVER Family of dead inmate will keep waiting on $1.1M Family members of Kenneth Trentadue, who died in controversial circumstances at a federal holding cell in Oklahoma City, must wait longer to see if they receive $1.1 million in damages from federal authorities. The 10th U.S. Circuit...

  • Your take: Verdict in the trial of Raye Dawn Smith

    Updated: Wed, Jul 18, 2007

    Raye Dawn Smith was found guilty of enabling the abuse of her 2-year-old daughter and was given a 27-year prison sentence, a jury decided Wednesday.

  • Smith found guilty in abuse trial

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Wed, Jul 18, 2007

    BRISTOW (AP) - A Creek County jury convicted a Meeker woman on Wednesday of enabling child abuse in the death of her 2-year-old daughter. The jury recommended a prison sentence of 27 years for Raye Dawn Smith, 27. Jurors deliberated for about 2 1/2 hours before returning with their verdict....

  • Jurors could begin deliberating fate of Kelsey's mother

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Wed, Jul 18, 2007

    BRISTOW — Jurors at the child-abuse trial for Raye Dawn Smith will begin deliberating today or Friday after closing arguments are completed. Smith, 27, wept again this morning as a prosecutor pointed at her and said she was responsible for the death of her daughter. "She did nothing. She did...

  • Pastor tells about day Kelsey died

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Tue, Jul 17, 2007

    BRISTOW — A pastor testified Tuesday Raye Dawn Smith cried out to him at a hospital after her daughter died, saying, "Why did God take my baby?” The defense witness, Charles Pearcy, told jurors he held Smith and said, "I don't know. Let's talk to Him and ask Him.” They then prayed together....

  • Prosecution rests in child-abuse trial of Kelsey's mother

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Mon, Jul 16, 2007

    BRISTOW — Prosecutors at noon today completed putting on their evidence at the child–abuse trial for the mother of Kelsey Smith-Briggs. Raye Dawn Smith is charged with child abuse or enabling child abuse. Prosecutors contend she either hurt her 2-year-old daughter herself or allowed her...

  • Witness testifies mom tossed Kelsey into car

    By Nolan Clay | Updated: Sat, Jul 14, 2007

    BRISTOW — Jurors were told Friday that Kelsey Smith-Briggs once blurted out that her new stepfather, "Daddy Mike,” hurt her head but her mother laughed off the toddler's statement. Jurors also heard from a recently discovered witness who described seeing the mother spank Kelsey three times then...



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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