Death of Kelsey Smith-Briggs

2005 homicide in Oklahoma, United States

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs (December 28, 2002 – October 11, 2005) was a child abuse victim. She died at the home of her biological mother Raye Dawn Smith, and her stepfather Michael Lee Porter.

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs
Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs

(2002-12-28)December 28, 2002
DiedOctober 11, 2005(2005-10-11) (aged 2)
Cause of deathHomicide - Blunt force trauma to the abdomen
Resting placeNew Hope Cemetery
NationalityU.S. citizen
Parent(s)Lance Briggs and Raye Dawn Smith

Her death was ruled a homicide.[1] Kelsey had been "closely" observed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services[2] from January 2005 up to and including the day of her death.[3][4]


  1. Tulsa World Toddler's Death Ruled Homicideretrieved 2009-09-05 Archived 2012-10-11 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Clay, Nolan (2007-07-01). "Secret Report Rips DHS". The Oklahoman. Archived from the original on 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-09-05.
  3. Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth Office of Juvenile System Oversight, Review of Child Death of Kelsey Smith-Briggs March 27, 2006 Final Summary[permanent dead link] Retrieved 3 September 2009 [dead link]
  4. "Who failed Kelsey? Toddler's death occurs despite intensive state activity". Tulsa World. 2005-12-04. Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2009-09-05.