Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Who Killed Kelsey?

I am currently reading this book, it is the saddest book I have ever read. It is a true story of 2 year old Kelsey Briggs who was abused most of her life by her mother and step father, and the system failed her. They returned her back in to the arms of the sick people who were hurting her, because "the best place for a child is with their mother" and shortly after she was returned to them, they beat her so badly that she passed away. I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book. I had followed Kelsey's case when it happened. When the book came out, I wanted to know what had happened to the mother and step father, because I knew they were having a hard time proving who did it. At some parts in the book, I had to lay the book down and cry. One night after reading a few chapters, I just wanted to go wake my kids up and tell them one more time how much I loved them.

It has still be undetermined for sure who gave her the final blow to the stomach that actually killed her, but they were both sentenced to life in prison for multiple charges. Thought neither were charged with murder in the first degree. But they both killed her slowly. Abusing her, and covering for one another. It sickens me to think how ANYONE could hurt a child, any child, your own or otherwise. What could a baby or a child do to make you want to hurt them?? I don't know that I would recommend this book, but I will say that it is a good way to raise awareness of child abuse and the warning signs that people may miss.

Hug your babies tight and love them every chance you get! If you ever feel the need to hurt your child, please get help instead. You can get help, if you need to, do so! The signs of child abuse and neglect and the information to get help can be found on It is up to us to protect the innocent and the weak! If you know someone who is abusing their children, please do the right thing!


  1. I remember when the story was all over the news. All I can say is Thank god that baby is in a better place. Because she truly is in a better place where they can not hurt her any longer. Mr Deputy had a case lastnight where the kids were taken out of the home. Sadly Im 99% sure the parents will get them back because our system fails our children when they need us the most :(

  2. I know, my husband see's it a lot as well and it always breaks his heart. He says it is one of the toughest parts of his job. Tougher than SWAT, tougher than walking in an armed drug dealers house, tougher than anything. I agree with him.

  3. so sad.I remember reading "A Child Called It" and that was horrible,makes you wonder why people are even allowed to have babies!