Prosecutors Have New Witness In Kelsey Smith-Briggs Case
Tuesday, July 3rd 2007, 4:07 pm
By: News On 6
CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) -- Prosecutors in the trial of a woman facing child neglect charges in the death of her daughter have disclosed a new witness in the case.
Raye Dawn Smith's trial on charges of child neglect and enabling child abuse is to start in Bristow on Monday.
Documents filed with the court indicate the witness, Eugene Snider, will testify that during the summer of 2005 he saw Smith yell at and spank 2-year-old Kelsey Smith-Briggs before throwing her over the front seat of a car into the back seat.
The child died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen on Oct. 11, 2005, four months after she returned to her mother's home near Meeker. She had been removed from her mother's care in January of that year because of abuse concerns.
Smith's former husband, Michael Porter, 27, originally was charged with first-degree murder but accepted an agreement and pleaded guilty in February to one count of enabling child abuse. Porter is serving a 30-year prison term.
Smith, 27, denies hurting her child and denies that she let anyone else hurt her.
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2/16/2006 Grand Jury To Investigate Death Of Lincoln County 2-Year-Old
2/23/2006 Multi-County Grand Jury Hears Testimony In Case Of Child Killed
2/23/2006 Charges Filed Against Mother Of 2 Year Old Meeker Girl Who Died Last Year
3/3/2006 State House passes child abuse, neglect measure
5/2/2006 Body Of 2 Year Old Meeker Girl Returned After Second Autopsy
5/20/2006 Father Of Slain Toddler Sues DHS
5/27/2006 Governor Signs 'Kelsey's Law' Child Abuse And Neglect Measure
6/27/2006 DHS Attorney Seeking To Move Lawsuit To Federal Court
6/30/2006 Father Of Slain Meeker Girl Arrested On Abuse Count
7/8/2006 Misdemeanor Charges Filed Against Father Of Dead Toddler
8/1/2006 Kelsey's Law Signed By Governor
8/23/2006 Stepfather Ordered To Stand Trial In 2-Year-Old Meeker Girlâ€™s Death
9/6/2006 Stepfather Charged In 2-Year-Old Meeker Girl's Death Is Arraigned
9/22/2006 Mother Of Slain Meeker Girl Waives Hearing
11/30/2006 Chandler Man Accused In Stepdaughter's Death Gets Trial Date
1/12/2007 Kelsey's Father Gets Deferred Sentence In Assault Case
1/30/2007 Stepfather Agrees To Plea Deal In Meeker Toddler's Death
2/2/2007 Stepfather Gets 30 Years In Toddler's Death
4/27/2007 - Mother Of Slain Toddler Ordered To Stand Trial On Abuse Charges
6/12/2007 Trial For Mother Of Dead Toddler Moved
6/20/2007 Judge In Kelsey Smith-Briggs Case To Speak
6/21/2007 Judge Defends Actions
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