This story is one that has stuck with me since I heard about it. This picture is of baby Brianna. See looks like a beautiful sleeping angel. But the reality is this picture has been retouched. The actual photo was taken after she died. She was covered with bruises.
Baby Brianna's story is a story in which she was failed by everyone. Her mother, her father and her uncle. Along with other family members who knew of the abuse and did nothing to protect her. This is Brianna's story.
It will be 9 years this July 19th since the tragic death of baby Brianna. She suffered so much in just the 5 short months she was here on earth. She was raped and beaten. She was covered from head to toe in bruises. It was reported that her little fingers were lacerated. Massive bruising around her head. The doctors say she had bleeding on her brain both old and new meaning she was abused her entire life. She had bite marks on her face, cheeks, arms, head, legs, torso and chest. Broken ribs, broken legs and arms, lacerations to her vagina and anus. Before I go on, let's just stop and think about this. Imagine the pain that this precious baby endured everyday in her 5 months of life.
Baby Brianna died on July 19th, 2002. Emergency services were called about a baby who was unresponsive after a fall out of a highchair. Detective Lindell Wright was one of the first officer at the hospital. Wright says when he say her body he thought "I've got a lot to do." Her mother Stephanie Lopez, her father Andy Walters and her uncle Steven Lopez are the three monsters responsible for the death of Brianna.
These accounts are according to court records. The night before on July 18th, Andy decided he was going to stop and get some beer to drink with Stephanie and Steven. Stephanie went to sleep after a couple beers in the same room, leaving Andy and Steven alone with Brianna. So these two dumb f***ks decided it would be fun to throw her up to the ceiling, the only problem is that they forgot to catch her. They allowed her to slam to the floor hitting her head on the ceiling. They say she was crying after this. At about 7 am Brianna needed a diaper changed so what did "daddy" do? He wrapped a baby wipe aroung his finger and insterted it into her backside. Here is the kicker, Stephanie had noticed the brusies on Brianna and when she asked what happen she was told by Andy and Steven they had played a little too rough with her. REALLY, you think? It wasnt until around 10 am when Stephanie called 911. Baby Brianna died at 11:10 am.
It was said that there were no pictures at all of Brianna in the home. Just thinking about the hell that this baby suffered through makes me physically sick. Knowing that a mother could allow this to take place is beyond me. She got 27 years her daughter got 5 months.
In the years following the tragic death of baby Brianna, the community continues to show her honor. Nobody claimed Brianna's body after she died. So the community came together and claimed her. But now there is a problem, the family wants to keep her death quiet. No doubt ashamed that they could have saved her and did nothing! All the people wanted to do is honor her, acknowledge her. Something her family did not do! Her grave has no headstone. It was once open, so people could come and lay flowers, cards etc. But now...
Here is the facebook group in honor of baby Brianna.