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

By Nolan Clay Modified: July 16, 2007 at 6:34 pm •  Published: July 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 then-husband to hurt the child. Smith, 27, denies wrongdoing.

Kelsey died on Oct. 11, 2005, at the home of her mother and stepfather near Meeker. Jurors have been told she suffered repeated injuries in the last months of her life, including a broken collarbone, broken shins and bruises on the face and body.

The final prosecution witnesses included a University of Oklahoma children's orthopedic surgeon who testified he was certain Kelsey's broken legs were from abuse.

Dr. Andy Sullivan examined Kelsey on May 2, 2005, in Oklahoma City and found she had suffered spiral cracks to both shin bones. He testified he believes they were broken at different times. He looked at Kelsey after she was brought in by her paternal grandmother.

The doctors said such an injury can happen when the bone is twisted as someone slings a child by the leg in anger. He said three other experts at OU confirmed his finding Kelsey was abused.

"Dr. Sullivan, any doubt in your mind this was child abuse?” a prosecutor asked.

"Absolutely none,” he said.

Jurors were told last week that Kelsey was taken to the emergency room of a Shawnee hospital on April 14, 2005, after supposedly falling at the zoo while with an aunt.

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