Smith Denied New Trial In Daughter's Death

Thursday, December 6th 2007, 6:40 am
By: News On 6

BRISTOW, Okla. (AP) - A Meeker woman serving 27 years in prison in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter has lost her first bid for a new trial. Raye Dawn Smith is serving 27 years in prison for enabling child abuse. Jurors in July found the 28-year-old woman guilty of allowing her then-husband to abuse 2-year-old Kelsey Smith-Briggs.

In a decision filed Tuesday, her trial judge, Paul Vassar, rejected all nine of her complaints. Her new attorney, Stephen Jones of Enid, said he now will appeal to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

Kelsey died Oct. 11, 2005, at her home near Meeker. Doctors determined she died from abuse. Jurors heard testimony that Kelsey was abused for months, suffering a broken collarbone, broken legs, bruises, sexual assault and other injuries.

Smith's ex-husband Michael Porter initially was charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to enabling child abuse and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

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10/14/2005 Medical Examiner Rules A Meeker Child's Death A Homicide

10/15/2005 Funeral Services Held For 2 Year Old Meeker Girl

11/18/2005 DHS Increases Security After Threats In Chandler

12/5/2005 Father Of Slain Meeker Girl Sues State For $15 Million

12/22/2005 Meeker Man Accused In Toddler's Death Released From The Lincoln County Jail After Making Bail

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 Girl’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

7/1/2007 Report Cites Numerous Problems With DHS Probe

7/3/2007 - Prosecutors Have New Witness In Kelsey Smith-Briggs Case

7/9/2007 - Trial To Begin For Mother Of Slain Girl

7/10/2007 - Stepfather Testifies In Ex-Wife's Child-Abuse Trial

7/11/2007 Grandmother Of Slain 2-Year-Old Testifies

7/12/2007 Testimony Says Smith Called Daughter "Jealous"

7/14/2007 - Toddler: `Daddy Mike Hurt My Head'

7/16/2007 - State Rests Its Case In Child Abuse Trial

7/17/2007 - Defense Calls Slain Toddler's Grandmother To The Stand

7/18/2007 Mother Convicted Of Enabling Child Abuse In Death Of Daughter

7/19/2007 Kelsey's Case Focuses New Attention On Child Abuse In Oklahoma

8/8/2007 Stephen Jones To Represent Raye Dawn Smith

8/16/2007 Sentencing Delayed For Mother Of Kelsey Smith-Briggs

8/24/2007 Mother Convicted Of Enabling Child Abuse Claims Conspiracy