Reading the following, I just want to scream. What a lovely justice system we have. No mercy or fairness was given to this baby for it's short and agonizing life. Yet the perps who would so willingly destroy her, mind body and soul, THEY deserve it?? I would urge everyone to write to congress, the White House, the Court of Appeals, but sadly, I feel it would fall on deaf ears. It is so humiliating, to realize one's country has so little regard for the smallest, most vulnerable of life. They rip them from the womb, abuse and kill them, and no one in a position to stop it, blinks an eye. We are more concerned about the fair treatment of the animals who commit such hatred and atrocities. More concerned that they have cable, and time to exercise and access to the internet. Meanwhile, the ones they put in their graves so early or have left empty shells of to roam the earth are forgotten. It just boggles my mind.
WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTENT CAN BE DISTURBING AND GRAPHIC BUT WE HAVE USED IT TO SUPPORT THE MESSAGE OF BRINGING AWARENESS. CHILD ABUSE IS UGLY, BUT SHOULD NOT BE HIDDEN OR IGNORED! YOU ARE CAUTIONED THAT THE CONTENT TO FOLLOW SHARES GRAPHIC DESCRIPTIONS OF CHILD ABUSE THAT IS MOST HEINOUS. IF YOU FEEL DISTURBED BY THE NATURE OF THE ABUSE, PLEASE, USE YOUR OUTRAGE AND DISGUST AS FUEL TO CONTINUE TO BRING AWARENESS TO IT AND THE NEED TO STOP IT AT ALL COSTS. REPOST! SHARE! CONTACT CONGRESS, THE WHITE HOUSE, THE COURT OF APPEALS! ANYTHING! DO NOT BE SILENCED!
Baby Brianna Mariah Lopez was sexually assaulted and covered from head to toe - literally in bruises and bite marks. Brianna also had injuries that were old including fractures to her skull and legs. The fractures on her legs, as stated by the coroner is when an infant is picked up by a quick jerking motion by the legs. Baby Brianna also had signs of shaken baby syndrome. On the night of her death she had been thrown to the ceiling and hit the floor three times and also sexually penetrated. When she was found by authorities it shocked them so badly they needed counselling. Her father and uncle had raped her and were also the ones who threw her to the ceiling without catching her during a night of drinking. Her mother caused the many bite marks on different occasions and also pinched Brianna when she became frustrated with her baby. Briannas father, Andy Walters would throw her when he became frustrated. On Friday July 19th at 10:00am Brianas mother Stephanie Lopez, woke to find Brianna not breathing and called 911. On Friday July 19th at 11:10am 5 month old baby Brianna Lopez passed away at Memorial Medical Centre in Las Cruces from the injuries that were a result of this abuse.
Child abuse is one of the main causes of death and disability in newborns, toddlers and children. It can be hard to tell if a child is being abused as the abuse can range from emotional or psychological to physical in which case tell tale signs can alert an individual to an abused child. Signs and symptoms can consist of any of the following:
- Obvious bruising, swelling, cuts, cigarette burns.
- Withdrawal from friends.
- School work begins to suffer.
- Fear of a certain person or family member.
- Not wanting to go home.
This is just a rough guide, if you would like more information regarding signs to watch for contact your local police or child protection group.
We as a community need to be aware of what is happening around us, if you suspect that a child you know or even don't know is being abused, it is your duty of care to contact the authorities and report it.
We need and have to protect all children, they depend on us and need us to be their advocate.
In this civilised and advanced world we live in, we cannot let abuse reign in our society, we will not tolerate this pain inflicted on our children.
The family of Baby Briana refused to place a headstone at her grave, hoping the community would forget what had happened. They even went to the lengths of placing a steel cage around her gravesite so people who came to honour this little angel could not place flowers there. Baby Briannas family had isolated her in life and now they have isolated her in death.
Below is a link to a site regarding her resting place:
I hope to bring together people who will have her in their thoughts, prayers and pay respect to and honour the life of this little beautiful baby girl who had a short life on this earth and was gone too soon. May her memory live on through all of us for we shalll never forget...
R.I.P Baby Briana Lopez
14.02.2002 - 19.07.2002
ATTENTION: WE NOW HAVE THE PETITION UP AND RUNNING FOR ALL TO SIGN FOR THE REMOVAL OF THE METAL CAGE AND FOR GIVING BRIANNA LOPEZ A PROPER BURIAL. THIS PETITION WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY OF NEW MEXICO WHERE IT WILL AID IN ACHIEVEING THIS.
PLEASE SIGN PETITION BELOW FOR JUSTICE FOR BABY BRIANNA LOPEZ
The picture of baby Briana above was one of the autopsy photos that were taken after her death. In her short life, not one of her family members took a photo of her. The investigators got some of Brianas autopsy photos airbrushed so as to see what she would have looked like when she was alive. The picture above is one of these airbrushed autopsy photos.
As unfortunate as this is, and as disturbing as it is to read.... This is the reality of child abuse.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS ACCORDING TO POLICE DOCUMENTS:
Thursday night, July 18th, at 6 p.m., Andy Walters stopped to buy a case of beer, and headed home to 5243 Comanche Trail in Las Cruces.
Three people-- Walters, 21, Stephanie Lopez, 19, and her twin brother Steven Lopez, 19, drink through the evening.
Stephanie went to bed after about three beers. According to court documents, Andy Walters and Steven Lopez admitted to playing with Stephanie and Walters's 5-month old daughter, Brianna.
Police records show that Walters and Lopez threw the child into the air, causing her to hit her head on the ceiling 3 times, then dropped her twice on the floor.
Andy Walters told investigators that Brianna was conscious and crying.
At around 12:30 a.m., Friday morning, Andy Walters fell asleep not knowing where Brianna was.
At three in the morning, Walters says he awoke to find Brianna on the floor near the bed. He said he wrapped her in a blanket and put her in a bouncer.
By 7 a.m., Brianna needed a diaper change. Stephanie Lopez asked about the bruises on Brianna, and according to court documents, Walters admitted that he and Steven Lopez "played a little rough with her".
Walters changed the diaper and took a baby wipe, wrapped it around his index finger and inserted it into brianna's anus.
The complaint also states Andy Walters admitted he bit Brianna on several occasions, but he told Dona Ana County Sheriff's Deputies he is not not the only family member to bite Brianna.
Walters also told authorites that Stephanie Lopez pinched and threw Brianna out of frustration.
The uncle, Steven Lopez, admits to throwing Brianna in the air and not catching her. Steven Lopez claims to have drunk ten beers the previous night.
During his interview with Sheriff's Deputies, Steven Lopez admitted to having sex with Brianna Lopez. (she was 5 months old!!!) Adding that he, as well as Andy Walters, had penetrated Brianna on several different occasions.
By 10 a.m., July 19th, Stephanie Lopez checks on her daughter, notices Brianna is not breathing, and she calls 9-1-1.
11:10 am, Friday July 19th, five month old Brianna Lopez dies at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces.
Autopsy results show Brianna Lopez had 11 bite marks on her body, broken ribs, skull fractures, bleeding of the optic nerves and brain swelling.
Below is a link to the actual legal documents/statements regarding the case:
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