Child abuse is a disturbing yet ongoing problem all over the world. Often times it goes unreported and can lead to neglect, trauma and even death. This is what happened to Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs. Some things that we can take from Kelsey’s story are:
- To always report any kind of abuse, regardless of how small it may seem,
- Because of her story, the state of Oklahoma passed the Kelsey Smith-Briggs Child Protection Reform Act.
- This act reformed how the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) and the courts would deal with child abuse and neglect cases.
Kelsey was born on December 28, 2002 and sadly passed away on October 11, 2005. She was a beautiful little girl with bright blue eyes and beautiful blonde hair. She loved her dad very much and was very close with him.
Here is her story.
Kelsey’s parents were Lance Briggs and Raye Dawn Smith. They were divorced.
Kelsey loved her dad very much. She loved spending time with him and treasured every moment they shared together.
She was always so brave, and her dad thought of her as daddy’s little soldier.
Kelsey was happy and healthy for the first two years of her life.