Child Abuse

THE WORST CASE OF CHILD ABUSE IN US HISTORY

The thing [Stephanie Lopez]that gave birth to innocent little baby Brianna will be released from prison in a few weeks so I wanted everyone to remember what she did to her child.

Brianna Mariah Lopez was tortured every day of her 5-month-old life and then she was murdered. Her mother Stephanie Lopez, father Andrew Walters and Uncle Steven Lopez

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BRIANNA WAS RAPED, SODOMIZED, BITTEN, KICK, HIT, THROWN IN THE AIR AND LET DROP ONTO FLOOR, BLEEDING ON THE BRAIN, FRACTURED SKULL, HER ANAL OPENING WAS DILATED A FULL INCH IN DIAMETER FROM BEING SODOMIZED AND WAS GAPPED OPEN FROM NO MUSCLE TONE LEFT AROUND THE ANUS

The autopsy concluded that Baby Brianna died from cranial cerebral injuries. She suffered 13 human bite marks throughout her entire body, bruising and scraping injuries throughout her hebbad, as well as on her upper forehead. She suffered a blunt force injury to her head in the last three days or less of her life which resulted in a large subdural hematoma on her brain. Baby Brianna had bleeding within the membranes around the brains, as well as around her optical nerves which meant that she had been violently shaken. Additionally, she had a significant abrasion on her buttocks which went into the buttocks and was consistent with sexual assault. The baby’s anus has no muscle tone and gaped open, at her autopsy, it was observed that her anal opening was dilated a full inch. The internal examination showed a half-inch injury inside the anal opening as well as significant vaginal trauma to the labia minor, and three tears to her hyman. Brianna’s skull had 5-7 day old fractures in two places, on two different bones. Both old and new blood were present, indicating a previous injury to the brain. Brianna had two rib fractures that were weeks old, bucket handle fractures on both thigh bones, and a fracture of her left arm.

“Baby Brianna” (February 14, 2002 – July 19, 2002)

Brianna Lopez who is also known to many as “Baby Brianna”, was a baby girl who was born in a New Mexico hospital on Valentines Day, 2002 to her mother, Stephanie Lopez and her father, Andy Walters. She would have turned eleven years old on February 14, 2013 but sadly, she never made it.

When Baby Brianna left the hospital after her birth she moved into a home in Las Cruces, N.M. shared by her parents and Uncle, Steven Lopez.

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.

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Mugshot photos of Brianna’s parents, Stephanie Lopez,  Andrew  Walters and  Steven Lopez

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.

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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.19278_102102099819498_1000005912460

On the evening of July 18th, 2002 Andy went out to purchase beer and when he came home they all proceeded to get drunk. 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.

Early the next morning on July 19, 2002 at approximately 7:15a.m. Stephanie awoke to Brianna crying and noticed fresh bruises on her and asked the others what happened. They told her that they may have been “a little to rough with her last night”. She accepted their answer and ignored her child’s injuries.

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. When she did find the time to call them, she lied and told them her daughter had fallen from her high chair. Apparently she was delusional enough to think authorities would buy that story.

Brianna was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11:10AM. She was just 5 months and 5 days old.movie_0001-010_00122910

Left: Large bite mark on Brianna’s arm Right: More photos showing the abuse this precious baby endured

This photo shows the back of Brianna’s head where you can see a large bite mark to her earlobe.brianna_lopez_autopsy_photo

The first officer to see baby Brianna in the hospital was Detective Lindell Wright. He remembers one thought going through his mind: “I’ve got a lot to do.”

“Literally bruised from head to toe, from the top of her head all throughout her body all the way to the big toe on her right foot.” said Governor Susana Martinez who prosecuted Brianna’s family.

movie_0001-007_00117353-1They took sadistic joy out of torturing this infant. Not one family member cared about her, not one of them attempted to protect her and there’s zero proof to suggest she was ever shown love in her short life. She was there for their own sadistic amusement.

When police searched the home they couldn’t find one toy or even a photo of Brianna laughing or smiling. No evidence to indicate she enjoyed one moment of her life.

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.

Officer Wright has seen a lot during his career but Brianna’s case will haunt him for life.

“I cried my eyes out. It will stay with me for the rest of my life. It tests you to the point you’re not sure you can speak,””You’re afraid that the emotion will take over.” said Wright.

At the time Brianna was murdered a person who committed intentional child abuse resulting in death faced a maximum of 18 years in prison.

“Eighteen years for the life of a child?” State Sen. Mary Jane Garcia of Do Ana said. “I thought it was absurd.”

It took three years of trying and in 2005, Senate Bill 166, also known as the “Baby Brianna Bill” was officially signed into law by Governor Bill Richardson. The bill made child abuse, which results in death, a first degree felony in New Mexico and set the mandatory minimum sentence at 30 years in prison.

Three 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. The New Mexico State Parole Board said that it’s almost certain that she’ll be released, provided that she finds a suitable home and can meet the requirements of her release conditions.

The public was outraged when they heard about the possible release. Dozens created petitions which quickly gained signatures and many called the Governor.

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Thousands of people in the community weeped over Brianna’s horrific death. Mourners who never had the chance to meet Brianna in life came together for the baby girl in her after-life. They paid for her casket and burial and claimed her body when nobody else did. Her gravesite became a memorial site with dozens of toys and flowers, something Brianna’s family didn’t approve of.

Brianna’s family and relatives didn’t put a penny towards the child’s funeral, burial and grave-stone. Heck, they didn’t even claim her, the community did. Her family didn’t want Brianna to receive love even after her death and went out of their way to purchase a cage to go over her gravestone in an attempt to shield her. The cage is a mess, unkempt and full of trash.

The community refused to let Brianna and her story simmer and still placed flowers around the cage. They’ve also created another memorial site to visit and remember the little girl who never had a chance.

When asked why they put a cage over Brianna’s grave-site, Brianna’s family had little to say.

“They were asked, and they said they just wanted to be left alone and they wanted Brianna to be left alone,” Martinez said.

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Inside the cage is a cherub with a finger raised to her lips. Some believe it’s a message.

“My first thought was, ‘Let’s not talk about what’s occurred here,’” Lopez said.

The community vows to not let that happen. People still visit and leave flowers and have built another marker as well. Brianna’s story has been told dozens of times and is still being told over a decade later on websites and online memorials including Brianna Lopez Last Memories and Facebook memorials such as In Loving Memory of Baby Brianna

Detectives, social workers and prosecutors who worked on her case will also remember Brianna.

“Before they started the autopsy and her little face was lying on a white sheet and I thought she looks asleep,” Wright said. “So I just took the picture.”

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The picture was photo-shopped to edit out all the marks, bruises and scars she had. It’s the Brianna the community likes to remember.

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The picture hangs on the wall next to Susana Martinez’s desk.

“It’s a reminder, of course, of why we do what we do,” Martinez said. “If you forget you’ll either become calloused or you will become Jell-O. “You can’t do this job well unless you are in the middle, and that’s just a good reminder why we do it.”

Brianna is never far from the detective either. “It drives me to work harder to prevent, to be a voice for every child of abuse,” Wright said. “That’s what it does.”

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Brianna Mariah Lopez was buried at Dõna Ana Cemetery in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA

July 19, 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the death of Baby Brianna. She would be  11-years-old RIP Brianna M. Lopez

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Kraigen Grooms, rapes a one year old baby and the judge released him to the public

source; heavy.com

Kraigen Grooms, 19, was sentenced Monday by Judge Myron Gookin to serve a 10-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of engaging in a lascivious act with a child. Grooms admitted to raping a 12 to 18-month baby girl in April 2013, when he was 16, while another man watched and recorded the crime.

The assault took place in April of 2014 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Groom was released from jail with GPS monitoring after pleading guilty earlier this summer.

The judge in the case is facing extreme criticism after the sentencing, and the story is going viral.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. He Raped a Toddler and Filmed the Abuse

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According to the Complaint and Affidavit obtained by the Ottumwa Post, “The defendant knowingly committed a sex act with a female child that appeared to be under the age of two years old. The defendant videoed himself [while committing the lewd acts]…”

The video showed Grooms attacking the child and he filmed the act while directly streaming it to an unidentified viewer online.

Grooms was sentenced on Monday to a 10-year suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to raping the little girl.

He was initially charged with second-degree sexual abuse, and faced a 25-year prison sentence.


2. He Was Identified With the Help of Social Media

His name is Kraigen Grooms from Ottumwa, Iowa. Someone better lay down some street justice. https://twitter.com/Daily_Star/status/776053659830329344 

Authorities discovered the pedophile through social media after finding the filmed rape of the toddler online.

Grooms was captured with the help of a website, MissingCases.com, the Ottumwa Post reported.

Tim Caya, who ran the page, said he posted a flyer with photos of Grooms and people swarmed him with comments stating that they knew of the perpetrator.

“There were hundreds of comments saying that they knew [Grooms], some went to school with him and they thought the person in the flyer looked just like him. I started looking at his pictures, he did look just like the guy on the flyer,” Caya told the Post.

Caya then went to authorities with the information, and Grooms was arrested just a couple of days after police asked for the public’s help in identifying him.


3. Police Believe He Plotted to Sexually Assault Another Child

Judge Myron Gookin Iowa let’s baby rapist off w no prison. Kraigen Grooms streamed himself raping a 2yr old where’s justice

Authorities believe the rape was premeditated and that Grooms had also targeted a 3-year-old boy for a similar assault, Raw Story reported.

The Ottumwa Post said the State gave the following statement in regards to the crime:

Forensic analysis of computers used in the transfer of the video recordings shows that the Defendant reported that he found the incident “so hot” and that the Defendant was making arrangements to sexually abuse an unidentified three-year-old male while the subject in New Orleans viewed and recorded the abuse. Analysis of computers seized from the Defendant’s home have discovered photographs of a male subject approximately three years old…


4. The Judge Is Facing Online Criticism, & a Petition Was Created to Get Him Fired

Susp sent. in for assaulting toddler aka http://ktvo.com/news/local/suspended-sentence-for-ottumwa-teen-accused-of-assaulting-toddler 

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Suspended sentence for Ottumwa teen accused of assaulting toddler

An Ottumwa teen accused of sexually assaulting a toddler won’t do any jail time.In July, Kraigen Grooms, 19,  pleaded guilty to one county of Engaging in a Lascivious Act with a Child.Wapello County…

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Judge Myron Gookin, who imposed a 10-year suspended sentence for Grooms, is facing heavy online criticism and a petition has been set up to get him fired.

The petition, which garnered almost 100,000 signatures at the time of this post, stated:

After raping a 2 year old child on video, and targeting a 3 year old child for the same abuse, Kraigen Grooms, 16 at the time of the crime, 17 at the time of arrest, only received 2 years in a juvenile detention and then the Wapello county jail, then Judge Gookin released Grooms with a 10 year suspended sentence.
This judge is sympathizing with a toddler rapist, this not the kind of corrupt judge we want or need. If he will not stand up for a toddler, who wil he stand for

Should Judge Myron Gookin be fired?
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A woman who claimed to be Grooms’ mother commented on an article in 2014, saying she believed her son should be punished but that she is not to blame:

some of you are horribly rediculous with your comments and yes i am the mother of this boy and yes he wll be punished for what he has done, but here is not 1 of you idiots that have the right to pass judgement on me as his mother that boy was provided with the best that i could give to him so for any 1 of you to say such horrible things when you have not 1 clue as to how he was raised and how dare you try to say that when a teenager commits a crime you automatically pass the blame to his parents, when some of the best kids commmit crimes and it sure in the heck isnt the fault of the parents.


5. He Will Be a Registered Sex Offender for Life

By releasing Kraigen Grooms into society, you put little girls all over the country at risk. Do you care?

The judge required Grooms to register as a sex offender for life. If he fails to comply with the terms of his release he could spend 10 years in prison.

He was released from jail after pleading guilty to the rape in July.

The teen did spend time in a juvenile detention center and county jail because of delays that set the trial back two years, Ottumwa Radio reported.

*This story is being updated as information becomes available.

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