Friday, August 28, 2009

Brianna Lopez, Abused In Life, Caged In Death

July 18, 2011: Since I wrote this post almost 2 years ago, it quickly became the most looked at post I have written here. It has been linked to in several countries as expressions of outrage over what happened this poor child has spread. Some comments left at those sites question my writing this as it deeply disturbed them. That is why I write it, because it deeply disturbed both me and my wife, being grandparents now ourselves.
Some people don't believe that pure evil exists in the world. I beg to differ and if what was done to this poor child, both during her short life and after her death isn't evil, I don't know what is.
Feel free to copy, link to or spread this in any manner you desire. But believe me, I mean it when I say: Let me warn you, if you have a weak stomach, please do not read this post as it will make you sick to your stomoach and deeply anger you.

July 2002, 5-month old Brianna Lopez, born premature in February of that year in Las Cruces, New Mexico, died a brutal death after suffering some of the most horrific abuse I have ever heard a child having to endure.

In her short 5 months of life, she was pinched, thrown in the air, slammed on the ground, repeatedly bitten and sexually penetrated by her father and uncle.

An autopsy showed her anus and vagina were both injured. She had a significant abrasion on her buttocks, which went all the way into the buttocks, that was consistent with sexual assault. Immediately after she was pronounced dead, a nurse observed that her anus gaped open with no muscle tone. The autopsy revealed her anal opening was dilated to a full inch. Internal examination showed an injury a half-inch to an inch inside the anal opening and vaginal injuries inside the labia minora, including three small injuries to the hymen.

Her small body was literally covered from head to toe in bruises and bite marks. She also had older injuries that included fractures to her skull and legs.

From the Facebook Page dedicated to her, we read, “On the night of her death she had been thrown to the ceiling and hit the floor three times and also sexually penetrated. When authorities found her it shocked them so badly they needed counseling. 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 Center in Las Cruces from the injuries that were a result of this abuse.”

This poor little girl never felt a single second of love or affection in her short 5 months of life.

Brianna’s father and uncle were sentenced to 57 and 51 years in prison, respectively, for raping and killing the girl. Her mother received 27 years for negligence that led to the girl’s death.

In 2006, the convictions of these three monsters were overturned after lawyers for the three filed an Appeal with the New Mexico Supreme Court, claiming that because the three had been tried together and had provided evidence against one another, their right to cross examine their accusers had been violated. The Justices agreed, and overturned all three defendant’s convictions.

In June 2007, the mother’s conviction was reinstated.

In September 2007, the convictions of the father and uncle were reinstated on most counts.

That these three still breathe is a travesty itself, but they are all locked away in prison, for now.

The outrage in Las Cruces was astounding as was the sympathy and guilt the community felt over this poor child.

The only photo of her is one filled will bruises taken after her death just prior to her autopsy. By digitally removing the bruises, a decent photo of this child was made where she appears sleeping.

As if not abused enough in life, no one came forward to claim Brianna’s body, so the community banded together and claimed her, giving her a decent burial. Then, remaining family members came forward and decided to claim this poor child’s grave, erected a cage around her grave to keep community members who would erect a headstone as well as keep flowers on her grave, out.

Even in death this poor child’s memory is to be refused a little caring and affection, if the remaining family continues.

In a rare move for me, I am linking to a petition I would encourage everyone to sign to encourage the New Mexico Courts to legally remove that cage and allow well wishers to pay homage to this poor child, dead now for 7 years.

The family did nothing for this child in life and now, in death they continue in doing nothing for her, not even a few flowers or a decent headstone. Photos of the caged grave can be seen HERE, scroll down.





Please visit Remove The Cage and help get this cage removed from this child’s grave.

UPDATE:

114 comments:

Canuckguy said...

"it will make you sick and anger you." - Mr. Right

You were so right.
One of the worse descriptions I ever heard off.

Too bad about how difficult it is to apply the death penalty (even if they had one).

Lew Waters said...

Just as bad is that those claiming to be "family" can now get away with locking her away from others who would show the poor little girls memory some honor.

They didn't want her in life and now, they lock her away.

Shameful.

And yes, the death penalty is a reasonable punishment in cases like this.

ken said...

dont worry judgement day will come for them and may God have no mercy on their soul.

Dani619 said...

This truly a very sad tragic!!! She needed better parents/family than this. Her mother, Father, Uncle need to be given the Death Penalty along with her grandma and uncle also need to suffer cuz they made her suffer when they knew what was going on. Poor Brianna. R.I.P from all the evil people that were in ur life!

Stephanie said...

Hi there. I am wondering where you got some of your autopsy report details. I have read extensively about this poor baby's horrific life and death and have never come across those details.

I appreciate any information. Thank you.

Lew Waters said...

Hi Stephanie, much of the details came from Facebook pace linked avove, just scroll down a little beyond midway.

Other details can be found in court papers, Brianna Conviction.

The facebook details were taken from more documents found at Find Law.

I hope that helps.

Stephanie said...

Thank you. Those are documents I had not read in their entirety.

What I would give to save and protect these children.

Lew Waters said...

Your welcome, Stephanie.

I join with you in wishing to stop abuse. I did with my daughters as the abuse I endured as a child was never passed on. Neither of them ever knew until they were adults and we spoke about it.

It's a fine line to walk though on false charges of abuse. What Baby Brianna saw in her short life is some of the most horrific i have ever heard of.

But, I once had step-children and was investigated by CPS officials because I disciplined one by denying him watching television.

In the meantime, a local "boyfriend" of a woman killed her baby by drop kicking it like a football.

He had been previously reported for abusing the baby, but the local office was too busy seking "soft targets."

In Brianna's case, others besides the woman that gave her birth, the father and the uncle were just as guilty in my book because the ycould see bruises and knew it was more than normal baby accidents and did nothing!

Stephanie said...

Very unfortunately as horrible and disgusting and tragic as Baby Brianna's story is, it's not unique. I read about a man that sodomized his 9 day old daughter to death. A man raped his 1 day old daughter in the hospital. There are quite a few tragedies that haunt me. Sometimes I wish that I had never heard these stories but if I hadn't how could I raise awareness and how could I honor them.

I am completely with you about the witnesses being just as liable. They are the exact same type of monster as far as I'm concerned. I am not a particularly brave or strong person but I can guarantee that I would never stand by and watch a child suffer. I am also a big advocate of maternal liablity. A mother chooses to bring a child into this world and raise that child. A child doesn't ask to be born. A mother should be willing to risk her life and sacrifice every single day for that child. Mothers that don't are a whole other kind of monster. There is no way that living in a tiny trailer Brianna's "mother" didn't hear her baby's cries and screams as she was beat, sodomized and raped ALL THE TIME!

Sorry for the rant. I am just so angry and frustrated that very similar things are happening as I type this.

Lew Waters said...

No rant and no apology necessary, Stephanie. You share the views of many, me included.

From a man's point of view, I hold them just as responsible. We may not carry and give birth to a child, but we do father them and as far as i am concerned, just as reposnsible for the safety and well-being of children. Maybe more so since we are supposed the protectors of the family, not the ones bringing harm to them.

I have no use for any male that would sodomize or rape anyone, especially an infant. As far as i am concerned, they are worthy of a bullet to the head on the spot. There is absolutely no defense for such action.

It takes two to create a child and both must be held responsible. That the men in this child's short life used her for sexual gratification and a ball to be kicked around and bounced off of the ceiling and that the mother turned a blind eye to it reinforces my belief in the death penalty for certain crimes, carried out swiftly.

I am no less disgusted over this and other cases than you are. Those who do such as this to an infant are not men, they are just sperm donors unworthy of life.

I can only hope that these two males are receiving in spades what they did to Brianna in prison by larger prisoners and will continue to receive such as long as they are in prison.

traci said...

Her story has been haunting me for almost a week. I look at my daughter and weep. Brianna won't let go of my mind.

It terrifies me. I am scared of everyone now. No one is safe. I have the most overwhelming need to protect my girl from everyone.

Oh, sweet little Brianna. You are more beautiful now then you ever were here on earth. I know you are being loved and cared for. I know that the people who did this to you will surely pay in the worlds beyond us. I have faith that there is a Being bigger then all of us that will make sure this happens.

Know that people love you still, and will always carry your memory with you, sweet girl.

Lew Waters said...

Traci, there isn't any need to fear everyone or withdraw and not trust people. On the contrary, crimes as this will only be stopped when we all work together.

There is no way they can tell me that all of the people around Brianna did not see the bruises or constant crying. They are the ones to blame, not eveyone else.

Protect your child, keep an eye on her, but realize too that there are more people agreeing with you about the horrors of child abuse than not.

We all need each other to ferret out those who would do something like this to their own child.

100 Proof Tab said...

I've seen this story before and cry every single time. This is the worst, most tragic thing I've ever seem. Why? How? She was a baby, never shown an ounce of mercy or Love. I hope God shows her otherwise. I wish I could have saved her, gave her some of the love in my house.

Lew Waters said...

100, you are not alone. Thousand of people around the globe share your feelings in this.

To think that one day they will be released and allowed to create another life should they choose is a thought I cannot fathom.

Delma said...

This is certainly a case that deserves the death penalty! This is outrageous! How could this happen? I am a Mother of three beautiful little children....this just appals me to great lengths...I don't even know what to say!!! All I can do is sit here and cry and grieve for this poor little baby!!!! How can anyone be so sick???? That is pure evil that deserves to be put where pure evil belongs! Just so these people know, there is absolutely no room in Heaven for something this heinous!! I have never seen something as terrible as this before!

Lew Waters said...

I couldn't agree with you more, Delma. I have 2 daughters, grown and my wife has 2 daughters, both grown. Both of our oldest daughters have 2 sons giving us 4 grandsons.

Never in all my days would I imagine someone doing something so evil as was done to this poor chld.

And to me it is worse that today, family that never spoke up for the poor baby place a cage over her grave to keep community mourners away.

If anything is from the devil it is this.

Midgar3122 said...

Oh my god. Iv'e never heard this story before, but after I came across it on facebook I was speechless, upset, angry, sad, and many more emotions.I think people that do this to kids should be SEVERELY Punished or have the death penalty on their soul.Like Ken said..Maybe god have no mercy on their soul during Judgement day.

Lew Waters said...

Midgar, all I can add is that these people should thank whatever and whoever that their judgment is in the hands of God instead of man. I cannot think of a single person who would show them an ounce of mercy.

That they will one day be free to walk and reproduce horrifies me.

If they cannot be given the death penalty, they should be forcibly sterilized, preferrably without anethesia.

Caitlin said...

Ugg these ppl are the sickest I've heard of! Wtf raping a baby! Biting her, pinching her throwing her wit out catching, I've been reading up on these things and I am disgusted, actually kinda cried a lil bit because that was so sad! I agree wit u guys these ppl must die! But no! I want more then that! I want them to suffer! I want them to die in the slowest most painful death ever! Ohhh I hope that happens in prison alls I can say! Not only do I want them to always drop the soap and have these l;arge guys, u know do their thing, I want the prisoners to kill them in the description on slow and painfully! But dont worry everyone they will get theres in prison, because I know ppl that have been locked up and they have all told me how a lot of prisoners dont take kindly to child rape and abuse..ofocurse theres always the guys in there that are in there for that reason but besides those ppl the other dudes there are gonna go after these ppl!

lshay said...

Lew: I just signed the petition for "remove the cage" I'm not sure how long it has been going on and was wondering if you have any updates regarding if they are actually considering removing it or not? Also, I read that the mother appealed her case and won- can you please let me know what her new sentencing was? Do the uncle and father still have the same sentencing? Thank you for your time. I found about this story 9 days ago and have cried and searched for more information every day since. I will never let her leave my heart.

sabrina gordon said...

Im a mother of three beautiful daughters and i would never could never even think of doing to one of chidlren or any other child what these monsters did to that sweet angel. I am a christain woman who strongly believes in "An Eye For An Eye" I think they should have to endure every ounce of pain and torture that they put her threw and leave NOTHING out. Blessed Be to aLL the children of the world!

theone said...

I pray for the this little girl... I pray that she is in a better place now.
This is the most sickening thing i have ever seen.
the parents have an angel with it's finger to it's mouth on her grave. that is sick! How could any person do that, and to rape that little child is unbelievable.

These people who did this obviously do not even care that she has gone. They should be punished with death! I would not usually say this but they are evil to the core and need to be killed for any justice.

This should never of happened, shame on the grandparents

Rachel said...

i was blind sided by this. I got a text from a friend and googled her name. i am holding my 4 and a half month old as i read this and sobbing. just kissing her and kissing her. that poor precious angel. what did she understand at the time? at just younger than brianna i know my daughter can sense anger and feel pain. the mnore i think about it the more i want to puke. i hope someone murders them. and i hope everyone knows what scum the grandparents are. i hope all their neighbors look on them with disgust when they see them.

NATALIE said...

There are some things that you hear about that make you upset and angry but what happened to brianna goes beyond this. When i read about little brianna and the reasons for her death i have never shed so many tears in my life. To say i was shocked to the core is an understatement and along with feeling physicaly sick i can honestly say that my heart broke in two that day. Having a 7 month old baby myself and knowing that she has thoughts and feelings and can feel pain just like the rest of us i cannot even imagine what poor brianna went through. what can a 5 month old baby possibly do to deserve this.....the answear is nothing! She did nothing to deserve the pain and torture she went through at the hands of her family. These are the people that were supposed to protect her and show her love and affection but instead they abused her! Its tragic.
They should never see the light of day again. Even the death sentence is too good for them!
R.I.P beautifull brianna now that you are far away from the evil that took the life you deserved away.

JAY<3 said...

Wow... It is so shameful to know that people like this exist in the world..It makes me so sad that this poor little angel had to go through this..and it makes me sick that these monsters would do that to an innocent little baby...I do not believe that any punishment or penalty will ever make up for what they did, not even the death penalty, I believe that only God can give you life and only God can take it away..We shouldn't go down to their level...God will take care of it.

Lew Waters said...

Yes Jay, in the end God will take care of them.

That doesn't stop me from hoping they receive several doses of what they dished out from others while still sitting in prison.

NATALIE said...

Hi,i got a question. Does anybody know when brianna's petition will be handed over to thr district attorney as its been going since april? I emailed the auther ages ago but got no reply. It would be such a shame if nothing came of it.

funder_phuk said...

my name is name is ralph preciado jr.and for the better part of half of my life i was incarcerated(i am 45)i never thought i would say or think this but i wish i was back in and close to these people,im gonna put it mildly,i would do what the judicial system failed to do....enough said.i and my sister are outraged over this travesty,tomorrow,i am an aquarius,(feb 9)as was baby brianna,i go to celebrate my ,birthday and to celebrate 5 years of no parole ,probation ,heck,not even a ticket!

funder_phuk said...

but ,in all honesty,i do have to say this,those of you who think that hurting these people is not a good thing,well let me tell you ,in prison,i was one of the few ,the proud ,.......i took every chance to beat and hurt molestors and rapists,......personally,it felt damn good

funder_phuk said...

more info for you ,i was in prison and regardless of what people thought or said,i also testified against an individual,(john boy sloan)lake co.cal.for a double homicide he did to 2 kids,and let me tell you,i continued to walk the prison yard,without fear.hurt any child or woman,(i have 2 lil girls of my own),and if its within my power,i wlil do whatever it takes to try to get evn 4 those who cant.

katalina09 said...

Hi there
I have only just come across this page, and I must say, I agree that death is too good for these animals. Actually, that is unfair, animals have an instinct to protect their young...
I cried, I raged, I remembered being abused as a child and for a BABY to suffer like this... it blows my mind. How sick are the father and the uncle to see a baby as a sex toy? That is bloody disgusting. Poor Poor Brianna.
I have four children and I know that if anyone even considered thinking any of them (two boys and two girls) were sex objects, I'd kill. No matter what the law says, I gave birth to them.
As a parent, you walk over broken glass, over the hot coals barefoot and through fire to keep your kids safe. How on earth did no one CARE enough to report this abuse?
Poor Brianna. I think that death was a release for her. She was just too tiny for this life. God took his Orchid for His own garden. Bloom in Heaven Brianna. From NZ. xxx

nancy said...

This is the saddest story I have ever read. Total shock went through my body at what this poor, innocent baby had to endure in her short life. How I wish I could have been the one to hold her, dry her tears, teach her to talk, and see her take her first steps. Our children are precious and a true gift from God. I don't understand why the courts gave them such a lenient sentence. This is one case that truly deserved the death sentence. As the grandmother of two beautiful little girls if someone hurt my baby like this I would be the one in jail. I would protect them like a mother tiger and yes, I would kill them. This beautiful child is safe in the arms of the lord, never again to endure the evils of this world. The lest the courts could do is to make sure these monsters are never given the opportunity to create again. Her family that knew what was happening should have received a harsher punishment, not a slap on the wrist. I hope the petition to remove the horrible cage this child is imprisoned is successful so that those that do care can show this child she is not forgotten.

Lew Waters said...

Nancy and others, I have read on the facebook page that the cage may indeed be coming off. I hope that is true.

The cage was adding insult to injury to the memory of this poor child, denying her a little love even in death.

The true judgment lies ahead for these people that did this to an innocent child.

They should be thankful that final judgment is in the hands of God and not us humans.

Jase said...

I don't want to make a political post about this situation. I know a lot of people see this stuff and immediately want to jump to "See? That's why we need the death penalty". I have mixed feelings about capital punishment. Some people, I do believe, deserve it. Though, for those people who deserve it, I still think death is too good for them.

Death is too good for the "family" of poor little Brianna Lopez. You have no idea the things I would do to those people if left in a room with any of them for even 5 minutes. It would make the violence they inflicted pale in comparison (not to make light of what they did at all). And I wouldn't be wanting to kill them, as I know there are things far worse than death. They deserve all of those things. As much as they deserve death, they also deserve life, but not a comfortable light with 3 good meals a day, exercise facilities, color televisions, etc. They derserve a life of endless suffering.

But forget the family. They're really beneath mention anymore. What is important is the child, and children. She's not the only one that's being abused and killed in this country while friend, relative, neighbor, and authorities turn a blind eye because they "didn't want to get involved" or in the name of "Parental Rights".

This is a nation of rights. Everyone's rights should be respected and protected. That doesn't mean we need to sound the horn of "abuse of power" when the government investigates a case. Sometimes they'll find that the child is safe and it was a false alram. All too often they'll find that the child is in imminent danger. God willing, they'll find this out in time to save the child. In those cases, the parents gave up any rights as parents the moment the first abuse happened, mental or physical. I think those of us who aren't abusing our children can put up with a little snooping from a social worker so we can rest assured they are doing their jobs and hopefully finding the people who are hurting children before it's everlasting too late.

We need to worry more about abuse of a child than abuse of power, I say. Hopefully, we can get the nation to understand this, as I fear that it happens far too often that the people who would've saved many of these children have their hands tied by red tape and worry about violating rights by investigating an innocent party.

mika said...

Thank you for this...I like hearing everyones point a veiw on the Brianna story. I don't go without a day thinking of her:( I keep torturing my self and reading about her. There was this one picture of her on facebook that really showed her face good...OMG! I cryed so hard, because she looked just like my 7month old son. I can't believe this happen 8 years ago, and I'm still acting like it happen yesterday. I want more answers from the grandmom, uncle even the kids that lived there. How's is Brianna older brother feeling right now? Does he remember the abuse? Why did stephiane HATE her beautiful daughter. We all deserve more answers...maybe this will give us all closure. RIP my perious angel;)

Kimbee said...

I found the link about the horrible details of this child's death. I should have stopped reading after a line or so but I continued and now I have the horrible images in my mind that will be there for a while. I can not believe anyone would do that to a child. These monsters need to be put to immediate DEATH. I hope God has a permanent spot in Hell for the sperm donor/baby killer, egg carrier and so called uncle/child rapist. We need to go back to the days of public execution and kill those that violate the law. Not this crap of life in prison or death row. Children are our legacy and should be held up as such. The only consolation I have here is that the mother of that baby will have to relive the news that her daughter is dead. I hope what they say is true about the treatment of child molesters and baby killers. I hope they meet their match in jail.

Renee said...

Can someone PLEASE email me information on where these evil "people" are located. Their prison numbers and address of the prison. I am searching, they should be public, but I suppose since it is so horrific the state has not allowed their information to be viewed. I can be reached at renee467@google.com...thank you.

mellissacontreras said...

I absolutely believe these demons should be put to death! After of course they recieve everything that they delivered to that poor baby. Iam a mother and I would KILL anybody that ever tried to hurt my baby! But rest assured that The Almighty God is going to handle them, and the poor baby girl is right with our Father in a happy warm loving place instead of spending a life full of horrer here with these monsters. And trust me, as a victim of sexual abuse its a hard thing to live with. The only thing that reassures me is knowing exactly what happens to sex offenders and child abusers in the New Mexico prison system, and a crime of this magnitude, trust none of them have any friends in there and I'm sure life is a living hell, still not enough for what they did. I am from Farmington and I remember this case. I pray for the baby.

mellissacontreras said...

I absolutely believe these demons should be put to death! After of course they recieve everything that they delivered to that poor baby. Iam a mother and I would KILL anybody that ever tried to hurt my baby! But rest assured that The Almighty God is going to handle them, and the poor baby girl is right with our Father in a happy warm loving place instead of spending a life full of horrer here with these monsters. And trust me, as a victim of sexual abuse its a hard thing to live with. The only thing that reassures me is knowing exactly what happens to sex offenders and child abusers in the New Mexico prison system, and a crime of this magnitude, trust none of them have any friends in there and I'm sure life is a living hell, still not enough for what they did. I am from Farmington and I remember this case. I pray for the baby.

leslie said...

This is truly a tragic and horrific story this little girl did nothing to deserve any of that abuse in her short five months of life she didn't know what love and affection felt like.people say that the monsters should deserve the death penalty but in my eyes what they deserve is to rought in jail and suffer as the little girl did.by giving them the death penalty all that will do is let them escape the pain and misery they endure, but no matter what happens to them when judgement day comes they will have to answer to god and may god have NO MERCY on their souls.

sarahbeavan@gmail.com said...

I absolutely agree with everyone on this subject but i was talking with my dad and... death is really too easy of a way out for them. Though when they die they will be in the hands of God, Him being merciful may not be able to punish them as they should be. I think that if they die, we will simply be freeing them from a world where they can feel real pain. If we impose a death penalty, will it really be punishment? I believe that it is hardly fair that people are screaming for their death because (not that i am against them being punished) i just seems TOO merciful. RIP Brianna, you lived a short unhappy life but may you be happy now as you look upon us and see the voice rising in indignation against the cruelty and pain you suffered.

Monica said...

My daughter was born a month before sweet, Brianna. She will be 9 this coming January. How I wish Brianna would have been born to a loving family or given up for adoption to the many parents who would LOVE to have a baby in their home.

I left my ex-husband in April 2002 because of the drug activity and violence he demonstrated towards me. I figured it was only a matter of time before he hurt one of the kids, so we left, never looked back.

It's almost gotten to the point where you should have to get a license to have a child or take some parenting classes. These sadistic evil, beings shouldn't have been allowed to have a fish, much less a baby!

As for the family members who were aware and did nothing, they will have to explain to the Almighty why they chose not to protect the innocent and allow such evil to continue in their presence.

I truly believe that God Almighty will show no mercy. I don't think death is too easy or merciful - I think it just gets them to face judgment from God sooner.

Just another reason we should continue to push our representatives and senators to pass stronger laws against child abusers/molesters. No more "rehab" or probation for these crimes. If you kill a child, you die. If you molest a child, you die. Anyone who can brutalize a child is no use to society and no use to themselves. Let them rot.

niall said...

Death is to easy for these ppl.I hope they are tortured physically and mentally fir the rest of there lives!!

Aoife said...

I think those calling for the death penalty are wrong. Its far too kind. These filth should have their arms ripped from their sockets and then be beaten to death with them, then have their wrechet corpses set atop 20 ft high spikes and left for the birds to eat. Thats what they deserve.

Aoife said...

I think those calling for the death penalty are wrong. Its far too kind. These filth should have their arms ripped from their sockets and then be beaten to death with them, then have their wrechet corpses set atop 20 ft high spikes and left for the birds to eat. Thats what they deserve.

Aoife said...

I think those calling for the death penalty are wrong. Its far too kind. These filth should have their arms ripped from their sockets and then be beaten to death with them, then have their wrechet corpses set atop 20 ft high spikes and left for the birds to eat. Thats what they deserve.

PAndroes said...

I just wanted to let people know that I am starting a non for profit organization in the memory of Baby Brianna. This NFPO will be aimed to help victims of Child Abuse, and also adult victims of sexual abuse. I feel instead of sitting back and crying over Brianna, that something must be done to help put a dent in the epidemic of child abuse. To merely sit back and cry over her death is an atrocity in itself, we need to get up and say no more. Child Protective Services is a joke, as are "victim's rights" groups. People need to start banding together to make sure that Brianna's death wasn't in vain.

Rachel said...

Baby Brianna's story makes my husband & I completely sick to our stomachs!! That entire family should be tried for being an accessory to MURDER and then given eye for an eye so they can be brutally tortured & killed the same way they did to this poor innocent baby girl! We lost our son last year because of SIDS and the pain just never goes away..... How can people be so EVIL to their own children? Why even have children if you can't handle them? Lord forgive me for saying this... but, I hope the 3 people responsible for her slaying and all those who had knowledge of these incidences but no courage to stop it....ROT IN HELL!

Rachel said...

Baby Brianna's story makes my husband & I completely sick to our stomachs!! That entire family should be tried for being an accessory to MURDER and then given eye for an eye so they can be brutally tortured & killed the same way they did to this poor innocent baby girl! We lost our son last year because of SIDS and the pain just never goes away..... How can people be so EVIL to their own children? Why even have children if you can't handle them? Lord forgive me for saying this... but, I hope the 3 people responsible for her slaying and all those who had knowledge of these incidences but no courage to stop it....ROT IN HELL!

candela said...

i am think so much abouth this baby girl..people dont have heart.. world dont have mind.. we mast give voice for this small girl!!sincerely from France.

chgarcia said...

It’s too bad that they cannot take these three people and execute them I always said if you publicly show this execution I guarantee people won’t be murdering and raping. Too bad our law doesn’t reflect God's Laws. In Deuteronomy God said a murder and a rapist should be kill and this way God can take care of them too, But our laws are made from people who should use our taxes to take care of people like this for the rest of their life what a f—king joke.

Natalie said...

Disgusting, worthless, evil monsters.. they deserve to be tied to a post and be stoned, bitten, raped, and killed in the slowest way possible. The death penalty is too humane for these creatures. The fact that they'll be out of jail before the end of their lives is appalling to me. I've also read that her fingertips and a few toes were lacerated by biting. I still can't believe relatives who were fully aware of her abuse received a few days in jail; to me, they should have received the parents' and uncle's sentences, and the disgusting murderers should have suffered a much more cruel fate.

All I can say is rest in peace, Brianna, and I'm so glad you're in a better place now.

Jesterbumon said...

Who would rape his own child? this is sickening.
Poor baby, its so sad she had that abuse since she was born, i wonder was her older brother abused too?
Anyone who was involved with the abuse and murder of baby Brianna deserves to be butt raped to death.
To torture them in the same way the tortured the innocent and defenseless baby Brianna.
Poor little baby, i have baby cousins and i couldn't stand it if someone did this to them.
Rest in peace, Brianna Lopez.
I'm sure you are now a beautiful baby angel that smiles in heaven.

Immie said...

Throughout that whole description, I couldn't stop crying. She would have felt nothing but pain and confusion, those people were supposed to protect her! But all they did was make her short life hell. That cage needs to be taken off, I'd go down there and remove it myself if I could!

Joseph said...

If god exists, which I highly doubt, FUCK HIM FOR ALLOWING THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN. GOD IS A TYRANT. GOD IS EQUALLY ACCOUNTABLE FOR THESE THINGS. FUCK ANY OF YOU WHO THINK GOD IS GOOD IN ANY WAY.

Lew Waters said...

Why blame God when people like you have kicked him out of everywhere he used to be, Joseph?

You don't want him in homes, schools, government, and even some churches have so watered him down that he is hardly recognizable.

And now, you want to blame all bad on him?

Your anger should be directed right back at yourself

Joseph said...

Because it can only be gods fault. If god is all knowing of past present and future, if god created all things, then the only rational explaination is that god created these human beings KNOWING FULL WELL THAT THEY WOULD TORTURE A 5 MONTH OLD DEFENSELESS CHILD. FREE WILL CANNOT EXIST IF GOD IS OMNISCIENT.

Joseph said...

I personally do not believe that god exists, I just want anyone who does to recognize the fallacy that this situation creates. I believe these humans that did this are insane, rather be punished for crimes, they should be permanently locked away in solitary confinement with zero time spend around another human until they die.

Lew Waters said...

Joseph, did you forget that God did give man free will? Do you ever credit God with any good that happens with you? Or, just lash out when something bad happens, blaming him to absolve yourself?

You can't lay all the blame on him and give yourself all credit.

I'm not a particularly religious person, but I do know that we are not mind numbed robots doing as demanded by God.

We are not a video game for his pleasure.

Joseph said...

You're obviously not a logical person either, seeing as the fallacy flew right over your head.

Lew Waters said...

Whatever you believe or disbelieve is your right and free choice.

As for these people, I felt they should have been put to death under the most heinous method known. But, that's me.

Oh, and everything they did?

That God you don't believe in is said to have inspired a book that directly condemns such conduct and mistreatment these people did to that poor little girl.

But, since you don't believe he exists, maybe others don't either and wouldn't bother to read that ancient book.

Lew Waters said...

What you know about me wouldn't fill the pointed end of a needle.

The fallacy is actually yours as I indicated, what is known as God's Word directly speaks against everything they did to this girl.

And, it did so a couple thousand years before any of us were even here.

Joseph said...

Oh really? Then you obviously haven't read that book that god inspired. I recall a similar story in the old testament. I believe a man offered his daughter to be raped and killed, in order to save himself from the destruction of sodom and gommorah. God also condones GENOCIDE, MURDER IN HIS NAME, WAR IN HIS NAME, CHILD SACRIFICE, ANIMAL SACRIFICE, RAPE OF GENTILES, BEHEADING AND STONING OF WITCHES AND WIZARDS. Sorry pal, quit while you're ahead here. This is a battle you cannot win if you're gonna quote biblical morality.

Lew Waters said...

Did he offer up the girl at the behest of God?

Did he not send a Son to earth to atone for the sins of man and fulfilled the ancient law?

As I told you before, I am not a particularly religious person.

But, I do not need to stand on Biblical Morality, I stand on my own.

And the battle is your to lose, not mine.

All I have to do is delete your fucking ass anytime I feel like it, shit head.

Don't play your fucking games with an old Veteran like me, asshole. I control the mother fucking delete button here.

Joseph said...

But I do want to remain friendly, what really got me upset is the lawyer who took this case and got them off their sentence on a legal technicality. I can't believe he had the guts to represent them. I know if I had the chance, id ravagely beat them all senseless.

Joseph said...

Lol lose the battle and revert to deletion huh? I guess I got to you there old timer. Relax, just a friendly upbeat intesifying debate. What are you a veteran of, may I ask?

Lew Waters said...

I'm a Veteran of over 8 years active duty in the US Army, including 18 months boots on the ground in South Vietnam, C Troop 7/17th Air Cav, July 69 to January 71.

And, I haven't lost a fucking thing here, son.

Joseph said...

Very noble sir, I couldn't even being to imagine that hellish year and a half spent in a shithole like SV. As much as I disgaree with the US sticking their nose into asian politics and getting thousands of men killed for a democratic agenda, I certainly have a massive amount of respect for Viet Vets. Congrats on staying alive!

Lew Waters said...

Joseph, it is the price paid over the centuries to keep people free. Unfortunately, since WW2, our Military isn't allowed to fight to win. We sure weren't.

May I recommend also that you seek out the truth of Vietnam. It was brutal, as is every war, but it was not a civil war nor were the South Vietnamese our enemies.

A couple good books on the subject are "This Time We Win" by James S Robbins and "Unheralded Victory" by Mark Woodruff.

They are the only 2 I have come across that give an accurate portrayal of it all.

And, the overall vast majority of us, over 98% did stay alive.

CmB said...

I can see why a family that did nothing to stop what happend would build a cage. If spirits of rage and souls that seek rightful vengeance truly exist, then one will come from that grave. Were I part of that family, I too would be truly afraid of what might await me in that cage.

MamaDitten said...

IM CRYING MY EYES OUT!!! MY HEART IS BROKEN for this child. WHY??? Why do men and women do this to children. I can't take it. I had a baby girl in June and I swear to God, I'll kill for her!!!! How kan they get turn on by a child? We need to do something, make sure that they can't get childen again. Never again!!! NEVER!! I'd wish I had superpowers, then I'll kill them all.. so all kids could come to this world in love and be safe!! Please promise me, if you ever see or hear that a child is being abused DO SOMETHING. The world won't be a bette place before we all care for eachother!! Sorry for my bad spelling. Im crying and from Denmark...

lil said...

these gutter trash should never ever be aloud to walk the streets again. as for the family caging her in.. they should of lost there rights, the day brianna died.they obviously did not care about her in life. and if they have any remorse. let the decent people of las cruces, attend to her. brianna since reading your story, not long after this tradgedy, i believe you will always have your rightful place in heaven, safe with jesus. and those, monsters of a so called family, will get judged. they have a life span of 75 to 80 years of life on earth. they have a life time in death. and im sure lucifer will welcome them with open arms as they are damned...

Mia's Mommy said...

I had never heard about her story until last night. I was on YouTube and saw the video about her death. Let me just say that it really touched me. Till this moment I cannot stop thinking about poor Brianna. She was so little, so defenseless and all she wanted was to be loved. I don't understand how there are people that can do such harm to an infant so little. I think about her and picture all this happening to her and it just breaks my heart. I hear her crying for help and it makes me mad that no family member did anything to help her! I have a 5 month old daughter and when I look at her I think about poor Brianna and all I can do right now is hold her in my arms and tell her everything will be ok and that mommy and daddy will never ever let anyone hurt her. R.I.P baby Brianna.

L Jordan said...

I find it quite amusing that most of you guys wouldn't mind the offenders getting the death penalty. You have obviously never heard of the saying..

Two wrongs don't make a right.

Oh they killed somebody, so it's okay for us to kill them. This world needs to grow up. I am very sad and angry at what these animals did to this poor baby girl but killing for killing isn't the answer.

Lew Waters said...

Sometimes, killers need killed to prevent their from killing again.

Rewarding these people by allowing to live in a cell, freely moving around, watching color TV and eating 3 square meals a day, receive completely free medical care and never contribute anything productive to society isn't exactly of benefit to society either.

Killing just for killing is what they did, not those who are outraged enough to have accepted a death penalty sentence, had they received one.

As it is, in just a few years they will be free and capable of producing another child to repeat the pattern.

Ladyee said...

Last week I found the link on Youtube about Brianna's story, guys believe me or not but I CRIED three or four days in a row!I just cried my eyes out... Any time when I look at her pictures I just wish for one thing - if I could just hug her closely to my heart and tell her that even she didn't see love from her parents, but there are million people out there who already love her and miss her badly. Brianna's story touched my heart so deeply.... I just couldn't stop thinking of this precious baby and what she had to go through... Probably har whole family are just possessed people, who absolutely being conlrolled by an evel spirit. Is only possessed person could do such an awful crime. Conscience - is the deadliest thing human ever has in his/her heart, it can hunts and hurts unimaginably for the rest of thier life until they die....
Brianna now is in a better place where no one could ever reach her nor hurt her. I haven't met you Brianna baby... but, I already love you and miss you soo much. You truly touched my heart little angel........

Eliska said...

Don't give in to hate. That's a major lesson being taught here. Pity them because when they pass on, they will have to come face to face with that beautiful little baby and atone for what they did to some one so innocent and pure. Believe me, they will be punished in Hell far better than any of us can imagine. And they better hope and pray God shows mercy on them where they showed none to that poor little soul that was cursed by simply being put in their presence. Their time will come, but don't hate them, that sin will be on you, be disgusted, repulsed, insulted that they are considered the same species, but for the most part, smile, because that baby in the crook of Jesus's arm...a warm, beautiful place that those monsters will never see. Where they showed her no love, compassion or warmth, they will no none. Everyday I hug my girls an extra time, kiss them one more time and love them even more, to make up for what that poor baby lacked.

Robyn said...

Poor wee baby, how dare her parents & relatives treat her in such an appalling manor. Let the towns people take care of baby Brianna, they were the only ones to care for her by coming forward & claiming her tiny battered body. The grandmother & remaining family should have no rights In erecting a cage around Brianna's grave. Take away their rights, remive the cage they didn't step in & stop the abuse don't let them have their say in her resting place. Poor tiny Brianna you are now an angel in heaven, I hope you rest in peace my darling.

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Nolita Sinayhakh said...

The only thing I can do is cry...there's no amount of words to even describe these monsters!!! I hope her little soul finds peace.

Evii.C said...

You beautiful little baby....how could they not love you???? I cry so hard when I read things like this. I find it so hard to believe that people can be such disgusting creatures that they would do such torturous deeds. I pray that they suffer everyday for their deeds.

May angels guide your little soul Brianna Lopez♥ƸӜƷ♥.•♥••.¸¸.•♥•.¸¸.•¨¯`•`ை

Sandra Fowler said...

...I think I need to go and wake my toddler up out of a sound sleep for a cuddle right now....

Carmel said...

When I had first read this article, I was pregnat with my daughter in 2009. I cried and prayed to God to heal the hearts of so many that had also read this story and help them heal from the loss and tragedy of baby Brianna. I also prayed that her beautiful innocent soul would be filled with all the love of the readers, so that she would feel the love she deserved in life. I don't understand how people could do this to a poor innocent child. I am appauled(sp?) at the fact that any other person could stand up for these monsters in court and act like it was okay for them to do this over such a long period of time, and say it was due to mental illness. All persons in this family should suffer, not only the ones who personally did this but the ones whom turned a blind eye to it. Did the hospital that released this child in their care not take pictures? Or what about her check ups why would they not follow up, seeing as she was a preemie? No neighbors, friends that knew these people? I just don't understand. CPS is a joke, they don't care for any children. Instead they go after families tgat are disiplining children properly. It's so upsetting, and heart wrenching.

I have not heard anything regarding this case or petition to remove the cage around her grave and was wondering if there was any news?

Lew Waters said...

Carmel, I keep looking from time to time and there isn't a lot of news on this, but I did run across a later article that might be of interest, Baby Brianna Gravesite Gets Memorial

Also, from earlier this year, Crowd honors baby Brianna's birthday on what would have been her 10th birthday.

moonspun1 said...

I agree with you totally. I want to do sumthing too. I don't know what or how. I have an associates in human services. Id love to work with abused children. Sumtimes social services IS a joke. That's y it needs ppl like us. Recently I've been reading things like this case, which is the worst I've heard. Even more than the Dave Peltzer books (A Child Called It, The Lost Boy. These are true stories). I have nothing to say. It's all been said by ppl before me. I cry n cry. I also advocate against driving under influence. You'll see why if you look up stories of Baby Ava Lopez and Baby Ava Delricco. Same name, simulations ages, VERY similar stories. These ppl need shooting too. I just wanna help sumhow. I just need info on how. Email me at Moonspun1@aol.com with any help. Sick bastsrds in this world.

Nicky Laritz said...

My heart breaks seeing a baby being tortured like this... I had a baby girl in 2007 she left the world when she was 3 weeks old as a result of a birth defect, I would do anything to hold her again. I am so grateful that i have a son now and a baby girl on the way i would NEVER harm my son or new baby girl no matter what, and then you got these sick twisted fucked up people who harm their children!! Even going as far as murdering them. If you can't handle a little crying (which is what babies do) then don't have them, bitches keep your legs shut and fellas keep your dick in your pants.

raquel said...

I think.they need to be tortured as they did to that poor little angel I am so shocked woth what they did to her I hate them

raquel said...

I think.they need to be tortured as they did to that poor little angel I am so shocked woth what they did to her I hate them

yummy mummy said...

I have always wanted a girl to add to my family of boys. Reading this has made me cry and made wish baby bryanna was brought into my life indtead of them monster who call themself mum and dad, i cant have girls with the love of my life because we have problems,this baby deserved love and affection from parents who would of worshipped that baby like we would of its the child protection agrncy fault and the fact the her family didnt protect a gorgeus baby, they should be sterilised and skin and then burnt alive nasty people

Karina Flores said...

Briana I get so sad every time i read your story i wish somebody was there to protect you from those monsters that hurt you. I wish you were my baby i would of loved you with all my heart. You are now in heaven with our father enjoying the eternal life.

Jessica Sundling said...

Even if there's no death penalty, people like this should be sterilized as part of their punishment. They should never be trusted with another child again.

Sashnee Chetty said...

Sweet Baby Brianna, I am sure that your dear soul is resting in peace, angel, and that you are having all the love and fun up there that you so deserve. For those that hurt you, sweet angel, God is there to take care of them in his own way.

Samantha Naidoo
Johannesburg
South Africa

Sashnee Chetty said...

Sweet Baby Brianna, I am sure that your dear soul is resting in peace, angel, and that you are having all the love and fun up there that you so deserve. For those that hurt you, sweet angel, God is there to take care of them in his own way.

Samantha Naidoo
Johannesburg
South Africa

fiddlestix said...

How about some killer that is serving life without parole takes out those demons in prison? If you had a skin cancer would you put a fence around it and tend to it or would you have it removed? Those demons will never ever do one positive thing in this world and it is a poor use of resources keeping them alive. I would be willing to bet that the Lopez family is an incest family. The grandmother, the twins (Brianna's mom and uncle), the whole sick perverted evil lot of them. I'd also bet they were all meth freaks. The baby never should have been allowed to leave the hospital with those subhumans in the first place. Sleep in heavenly peace Brianna.

Alicia Tirrell said...

I just cant understand how anyone could do this. It makes me so sad to think that there are plenty of people in this world who are trying so hard to have children or who want children more than anything and then there are those who abuse the gifts that God gives them :(

suzana war said...

Me too i'm a mother of a 1 yr old daughter. I just can't stop my tears falling from my eyes as i came to read this story. Punished or killed them. GOD WON'T SPARE THEM. I LOVE YOU BRIANNA, R.I.P. HONEY....

Arianna Gomez said...

I've watch a video of this horrific death of baby brianna on youtube and it haunt me till now. I can't stop crying everytime i remember her and imagine how painful her short life was. I have just given birth to beautiful little girl and i would give my life to protect my child. That woman who gave birth to brianna wasn't her mother because if she was her mother she will protect brianna with her life and wont abused her and allow those male animals to rape brianna.. I wish brianna wasnt born cause she dont deserve to endure all those pain. I just cant stop crying right now.. My heart is breaking into pieces. Poor little angel.. How could anyone hurt an innocent child? I hope that those people who hurt her will endure the same or more pain they inflicted on her. I hope someone out there will the do same things as what they did to brianna.

Trish Hillcoat said...

Death penalty. They will endure the same pain they inflicted on that angel. This world is messed and God does nothing to help. There are too many bad people in this world and if the dealth penalty was everywhere people wouldnt have to fear them getting out..they take a life they give up theirs. My heart hurts for that baby and all others that cannot defend themselves or have not felt love. Makes me sad... :( karma will take them. No one will hurt my kids...and so help me God if they do. There wont be money wasted in the courts ill tell u that. Somethingneeds to happen..

Trish Hillcoat said...

Death penalty. They will endure the same pain they inflicted on that angel. This world is messed and God does nothing to help. There are too many bad people in this world and if the dealth penalty was everywhere people wouldnt have to fear them getting out..they take a life they give up theirs. My heart hurts for that baby and all others that cannot defend themselves or have not felt love. Makes me sad... :( karma will take them. No one will hurt my kids...and so help me God if they do. There wont be money wasted in the courts ill tell u that. Somethingneeds to happen..

nana said...

You are not alone. Why carry a child for nine month, to bringer her into the world for this abuse. I'm sorry the mother should be given the death penalty, before a child is born there is already a bond between baby and mom. If mom didn't feel this bond then she shouldn't have taken brianna home, she should have left her at the hospital for someone would love her. I'm a mother of three and and a grandmother of four and I would die for mine.

nana said...

People report any abuse, if you are scared call anonymously, just call and get help. I once saw three men beat down a man in the middle of the street and all people could do wad watch. Not me I went in the house and called 911. My husband. Said honey you can't get involved. But right is right. And wrong is wrong

nana said...

Comments to nana

Violet Smith said...

The parents will be haunted for their barbaric acts

Violet Smith said...

The parents will be haunted for their barbaric acts

Elisa Scaccia said...

These parents won't be haunted by anything. This atrocity is an act of sociopaths who have no sense of haunting, love, empathy nor any other human emotion. They are animals.
Dena Schlosser cuts her babies arms off, Andrea Yates drowns her children, Susan Smith rolls hers into a lake and then lies about it. Another eats her son's brain parts, How will we ever know who's really insane?
As for me, I am sick to death of Americans and their excuses for such behaviour. And as for me, I would be more than happy to hang them all and use them as "pinatas" (I don't have an enya..try and use your imagination). I would enjoy it..and it would help me release my hate and pain. White hot pokers for the mother's eyes..it would set me free.

I lost both my daughters so don't dare say anything to me. You Americans are appalling with your excuses..and because of them, this shit will continue. One day you will all reap what you've sewn by using excuses. I can't wait for that day.

Katie Novack said...

I don't know if this will sound cruel on my part but the only relief I felt after reading this story was that Brianna did not survive. I pray, as others do, that Brianna is with her perfect heavenly Father. I pray that she has been given the highest ranking among all of the angels. I pray that the Lord delights in this baby for all of eternity. God is perfect and loving and I pray that baby Brianna and all babies like her experience the full measure of Gods comfort and love. This whole story seems hopeless but I thank you brother for bringing awareness and fighting for the innocent. I can't say much about her abusers for if the cries of your own baby doesn't cause immense grief then the torment of hell seems appropriate. Gods love knows no bounds and may baby Bri experience the farthest reaches. Something good will come of this. If nothing else it has caused me to shower my own children in a ridiculous amount of hugs and kisses. God bless you for being the voice of this precious girl.

Fix the criminal and the system said...

People like the supposed "parents" of this child should be sterilized as a consequence and condition of imprisonment. God forbid they create more monsters, or, abuse additional babies.
For five months of their lives, they should be subjected to daily biting, pinching, sexual abuse, and bruising.
I am a Christian, and I believe we will all meet our maker. During our lifetime, however, these monsters should not be allowed to live the same life we do.
Our court system protects the criminal, and the justice is unbalanced.
These people deserve NO PRIVACY. I hope they are hunted like animals for the rest of their lives.

Cassandra Works said...

exactly

Cassandra Works said...

they( the mother, father, uncle, grandmother, etc will all suffer greatly on judgement day.)

Vicious Tishious said...

Maybe I'm a horrible person, but if it weren't for my precious son I would hunt those vile creatures down and absolutely destroy them. Our children deserve so much more than this vile filthy world...and I for one wouldn't mind a little vigilante justice to clean it up.

Sweet Brianna, I have not believed in God in many, many years...but I hope with all my heart there is more out there, and I hope you know nothing but love and smiles now. <3

neil atkinson said...

I read the article about baby Brianna a few days back and it has been in my mind ever since

This poor infant that was brought into this world and was treated so badly by the people that created that tiny life

I am a father of 2 boys and could not imagine doing anything of this nature, any normal human is scared to gold them wrong as babies in case they get hurt, but to read how she was thrown to the ceiling then allowed to drop made me feel sick

But what disturbed and upset me the most didn't occur to me initially, it was the next day I realised that someone was going to the trouble to make formula and feed her thus keeping her alive and prolonging the torment and abuse

Even now days later writing this post I have tears in my eyes

Baby Brianna is I'm sure one of many but I don't think I'll ever forget her name or the image of her 'sleeping'

Rest in peace little one
They can't hurt you anymore

Someday I'll meet you and be able to give you the cuddle you deserved

Kim Stacey said...

this story haunts me i am a mother of two and have to grand children and i would protect them with my life i look at briannas picture and it makes you just want to cuddle her and hold her her story has affected me in so many ways since reading briannas story i just cant stop thinking about her or stop crying i just cant comprehend how people can do this , the death penanlty would be to good for these monsters and i hope that someone forgets to lock their cells one night so the other prisoners can get hold of them and torture them long and slowly ,or stick them in a room full of us. rest in peace beautiful angel

Charlaine Bolam said...

There are no words politely put to describe what I'd do to these scum, all I can say they are lucky they aren't dead and that no one has tried attempting to torture and kill them the same way but a million times worse than the way they tortured and murdered beautiful innocent baby Brianna,may Brianna rest in peace you are safe from harm now beautiful baby girl flying with angels.

Joseph Tate said...

No matter how often I hear the story, It still breaks my heart the little girl suffered like that.


One day, Those three so-called humans will burn for it.