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Women to be released after committing the worst case of child abuse in history.

Over the last fifteen years I have followed story after story of abused children. However, the case of Baby Briana has resonated in my mind from the first day I saw it ten years ago. Autopsy results showed Brianna Mariah Lopez, 5-months, 5-days old, died from cranial cerebral injuries. She had bruising and scraping injuries throughout her head, as well as on her upper forehead.
Baby-Briana’s died on July 19, 2002 in Las Crucens, New Mexico. She was only five months old when she was pronounced dead in the Memorial Medical Center emergency room at 11:10 am. The reasons of her death, child abuse.
Brianna had 13 human bite marks all over her body and head. There were extensive injuries to her head and fatal injuries to her brain. She had bleeding in the brain as well as around the nerves of her eyes. Her skull was fractured in two places, there were two rib fractures, two more on the thigh bones of each of her legs, and a fracture to her left arm. She had also been raped by the ones who were supposed to take care of her, her father and uncle.
Brianna was a victim of child abuse, considered by many people as perhaps the worst case in New Mexico history. Her parents, Stephanie Lopez and Andy Walters, and an uncle, Steven Lopez were convicted and are in prison.
The abuse started almost immediately. Instead of hugs and kisses Brianna received slaps and pinches. She was tormented on a daily basis, both verbally and physically. Slapped, kicked, punched, pinched, thrown, raped, etc. You name it this infant endured it.
When Brianna would cry at the pain that was inflicted on her, her abusers would laugh and stuff her mouth with clothing to muffle her screams. Her own mother would bite and pinch her when she got frustrated by the crying, but for the most part it was the infant’s father and uncle who tormented her while Stephanie sat back and ignored her daughter’s cries.
Medical examiners would later report the marks as being both old and new which proved prolong abuse. Brianna also had bleeding on her brain, both old and new, as well as broken ribs, broken legs, broken arms, lacerations to her fingers, vagina and anus. She had been abused everyday of her short life.
Baby Brianna was what many would consider a strong baby because she managed to survive 153 days despite coming into this cruel world weighing only several pounds.
On the evening of July 18th, 2002 Briana’s parents get drunk. Briana’s mother, Stephanie, claimed to have had only a few beers before heading to bed in the same room the others were in. During this time both Andy and Steven decided to play their own sick, demented game where they would toss Brianna up in the air, let her hit the ceiling and watch her tumble to the ground. They would later tell authorities that Brianna was screaming and wailing when this was happening. Apparently the baby’s mother didn’t hear her daughter screaming and crying in agony.
That same morning Stephanie noticed Brianna needed a diaper change and Andy volunteered to do it. During the diaper change he wrapped a baby wipe around his finger and inserted it into Brianna’s anus. He also sodomized her with foreign objects. When Stephanie noticed Brianna near death she ignored it and decided to wait several hours before calling an ambulance.
Many relatives including Brianna’s grandparents knew what was occurring but ignored it. They knew their granddaughter was being raped by both her father and uncle, they knew she had pinch marks from head to toe in different stages of healing, they knew she was being tormented and had marks, cuts and lacerations but they turned a blind eye and let it continue for five, going on six more months until baby Brianna’s little body couldn’t handle the abuse any longer.
The most incredible part of this story is that Baby-Briana’s relatives, including her grandparents were sentenced to 30 days in jail for failing to report the abuse. The maximum is one year.
Stephanie Lopez was convicted of negligent child abuse after she failed to do anything to help her child. The New Mexico Corrections Department said that SHE COULD BE RELEASED AS EARLY AS SEPTEMBER 28, 2016. Less than 15 for her daughter’s torture death.
I don’t see how justice can be serve if this women goes free. She is obviously a threat to society. She should spent the rest of her life in jail paying for the suffering of the wan she was to protect.
  • Authorities say a 6-month-old girl died from a brain bleed sustained by blunt force trauma
  • Kristopher Houchin, 26, was arrested in connection with her death
  • Houchin was charged with murder, rape and child abuse


A South Dakota man is accused of raping and murdering a 6-month-old baby girl.

The infant was injured in the morning hours of June 26 and was taken to Rapid City Regional Hospital for treatment, authorities said.

Around 12:15 p.m., the Rapid City Police Department was notified that the baby had passed away, according to a news release.

Preliminary results of an autopsy indicate the infant died from a brain bleed sustained as the result of blunt force trauma, officials said.

Investigators identified 26-year-old Kristopher Houchin as a suspect in the girl’s death and arrested him on charges of first-degree rape, child abuse and second-degree murder, according to the news release.

Houchin remains in custody on $5 million bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 15.

A call for comment to Houchin’s attorney was not immediately returned.

An investigation into the baby’s death is ongoing.

BREAKING: Missing 9-year-old Terrell Holloway has been found and is safe, per LRPD. He is being taken to the hospital for medical evaluation.

Today we celebrate a victory over evil. Three (3) came home. One small victory at a time is everything and continues to keep us going. Welcome home Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michele Knight.


The Innocence Revolution

The Innocence Revolution

Help Change The World

The Innocence Revolution: A Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse was created to build awareness and launch a global crusade against the crime of child sexual abuse. Slated to be held in cities throughout the World on April 14, 2013, we ask you to join us in this crucial, historic event.

My Body Belongs to me

A really great book written by Jill Starishevsky


Skylar Neese Death: Body found in Pennsylvania is missing West Virginia teen, federal officials say

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(CBS/AP) WHEELING, W.Va. – A body discovered in southwestern Pennsylvania was identified as that of a missing 16-year-old girl who disappeared from West Virginia last summer, federal officials said Wednesday.

PICTURES: Body of W.Va. teen found in Pa.



Remains found in Wayne Township, Pa. on Jan. 16 were confirmed as those of Skylar Neese of Star City, W.Va., said U.S. Attorney William Ihlenfeld, top prosecutor for West Virginia’s northern district. The FBI did tests on her remains and now an investigation into her death is under way.

Skylar was last seen on surveillance video leaving her family’s apartment and getting into a car on July 6, 2012. Her remains were found less than 30 miles from there in Greene County.

Her parents celebrated her 17th birthday without her last month, holding a candlelight vigil with both friends and strangers. The crowd released heart-shaped paper lanterns, which floated into the sky. Her aunt, Carol Michaud, told The Dominion Post that the teenager was an environmentalist, and she would have preferred them to balloons.

Skylar was an honors student at University High in Morgantown, and friends at the event described her as bubbly and kind.

A legislator from the family’s district also recently introduced a bill called Skylar’s Law to ensure that missing children’s cases are handled with urgency. It would modify West Virginia’s Amber Alert plan to issue public announcements when any child is reported missing and thought to be in danger, rather than just those believed to have been kidnapped.

Because Neese was seen getting into a vehicle, family members said authorities classified her as a runaway and no alert was issued. But they believe the girl intended to return, noting that she didn’t take money, contact lenses or other personal items.

Delegate Charlene Marshall, D-Monongalia, said she understands that a surge in alerts might make some people stop paying attention, but she believes it’s still the right thing to do.

Last week, an emotional David Neese appealed to the House Judiciary Committee on his daughter’s behalf before it amended and advanced the measure.

“Changing this law, God forbid, may be too late for Skylar,” he said, fighting back sobs. “But please allow for this bill to be debated on the floor so other families may not have to go through this horrible ordeal.”

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City of Pueblo Police Department
Thursday March 14, 2013 [FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE]
On Friday March 15th at 1:30 PM, in the Pueblo Police Department Community Room, there will be a press conference held regarding 22 year old missing person Kelsie Schelling.
Detectives working the case will give an update of the investigation and the family of Kelsie
Schelling will be present to make statements.
On the evening of February 4th, Kelsie Schelling came to Pueblo in her 2011 black in color
Chevrolet Cruz to meet an acquaintance at Wal-Mart, 4080 W. Northern Ave. According to cell
phone records, Schelling did make it to Pueblo.
Upon reviewing the video surveillance from Wal-Mart, it showed Schelling’s vehicle was parked on
the south end of the parking lot in front of the General merchandise section on February 5th around
12:05 PM and left there overnight until February 6th around 7:20 AM when an unidentified male
picks the car up and drives off.
On February 14
, Schelling’s black in color Chevrolet Cruz was located at St. Mary Corwin
Hospital. Surveillance video showed her vehicle was parked in the parking lot around 5:30 AM on
February 7th
Schelling’s cell phone records show she was in the Pueblo area until her cell phone battery lost
power on February 7th
Kelsie Schelling is a white female who is 5’03” and weighs 120 lbs. She has shoulder length brown
hair and green eyes.
If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Kelsie Schelling, you are urged to call
Pueblo Police (553-2502) or Pueblo Crime Stoppers @ 542-STOP (542-7867). You can also visit
their site at
If your information leads to a felony arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.