Baby Brianna is the story of one of the worst cases of child abuse in New Mexico history. She was 6 months old when she died by the hands of her own family. In fact, the photo of her above is a photo that was photoshopped to erase all the bruises and bite marks on her face. Authorities were unable to find any photos of Brianna alive, happy, or smiling. This is how the community wanted to remember her... as though she were asleep.
Baby Brianna was raped and beaten by her father and uncle throughout the 6 months of her short life. Even bite marks from her own mother's teeth were found on her little body. Brianna was beaten by these three, but she could have been saved. Other family members knew of the abuse, but never said a word. It goes to show that neglect can be just as bad as physical abuse.
Please be warned that this video below is very graphic and I was in tears watching it. Watch at your own discretion.
What do you think the punishment for child abusers should be? Do you think those who are aware of abuse and do not report it should be punished as well?
My hope is that this video makes everyone realize how powerful one voice can be for an innocent child. Had one person reported what was going on, this child might be alive today. Thank you for sharing this.
It's wonderful to hear that the main people responsible for this child's death went to prison (for a very long time) and that the law got more strict because of this case. What a horrible, horrible story.
i was a victim of sexual and physical abuse. my sister and i were in this environment from my biological parents (and other members in the family). my sister is 3 yrs older than me, so she went thru it for 9 years, where i went thru it for 6. if she didn't tell her friends at school, who told the teachers, who told the principal, who went to social services, i wonder where my sis and i would be right now.
i'm now a single mom to a 3 and 1/2 y/o son. yes, i have spanked him every now and then but I have NEVER, EVER gone farther than that. i would NEVER want my son or any of my future children to have to go thru the physical, emotional, psychological pain that I had to go through.
it's one thing to be stressed, but that is NO excuse to phsyically/emotionally take it out on your child(ren). i even quit my job back in april because it was too stressful and i saw how i was starting to yell at my son 'cause i had too much stress going on at work. i didn't want to see it progress, so i decided to make a change. just because history can repeat itself doesn't mean it has to. i'm living proof of that!
the fact that there were 2 family members who saw this and said NOTHING and only got THIRTY DAYS??? (wtf?) in jail sickens me. They are just as responsible for her death as the mom, dad, and uncle.
anyone who wants to cause harm to a child in my opinion deserves to rot in hell for eternity!
I think that whole family should recive the death sentance! This vidio i also had posted on mine a few day ago made me cry my eyes out! i felt like that was my daughter like thinking about someone doing that to Sammi. But any child does NOT deserve that she was AMAZINGLY beautiful and never should have had to go through that! This is somthing that i went on a full rage rant about for days because it broke my heart! see here i go tearing up again! all i can say it r.i.p baby brianna ur in so much of a better place and wish someone like us mothers knew so we could have saved you!
There is so much that really gets to me about this and it just starts with the abuse! The family members who said nothing, didn't claim her body or pay for her burial but put a cage around her burial plot, the judges who are always too lenient, even the detective who was talking about young parents who need support! (this has nothing to do with young parents needing support! This was pure evil!) Who could do this? And why why why why why!!!!??????!!!!!!
@sugartomyhoney@xanga - I honestly cant even look at the picture of her sweet innocent face with out almost crying and i must say i am not a emotional person like that but being a mom that just really starts a fire under my ass.
I saw this before... and it STILL sickens me. There is no excuse for the people who knew about the abuse and did nothing. Obviously the people who acctualy did the abuse have something wrong with them, but to know this is happening... and do absolutly nothing... thats wrong. They should have gotten way more then 30 days. The only thing that is a little bit of comfort about this story is that laws acctualy got changed because of it.
@SweetestCacophony@xanga - They'll receive far worse punishment in prison. They will have all of their life to think about what they did, and I hear child abusers aren't exactly welcomed by other inmates.
Oh that is horrible. It makes me so nauseous to see that video. Poor baby. It is disgusting to think that her own grandmother knew and said nothing. That there were people around who KNEW what was going on, but yet, said NOTHING. So sad. :(
I won't watch the video. Just seeing that video still of the baby with bite marks all over her face was enough to make me mad. I hate child abusers/child molesters. I tend to lump them in a pile together, even though it could be two different things.
How can someone do that to a baby, especially their own baby?
If I was the court judge in this situation, I would give the people the most severe prison sentence possible. Forget death row, that would be much too easy on these idiots. I'd much rather toss them in with the general prison population and let the other inmates at them. I've heard, like someone else said, child abusers are not welcomed by other inmates.
I remember that I was living just south of there at the time that this story came out. Personally I feel that this kind of intentional child abuse and murder deserves the harshest punishment available and that is at the minimun of life in prison without the possibility of parole. MINIMUM, though I would personally push for capital punishment on a case like this. It's completely unfeeling and cruel and certainly not an accident. And I would say that for spectators of these kind of crimes that do not speak up and go to the authorities as is the only just and right thing to do, they also deserve to be tried as acoomplices.
I do not understand how these peoples minds work. To be able to rape and beat your child that severly is not human nature in any way. They are going against the way their brains are supposed to work. To be able to rape your own newborn daughter is one of the most disgusting things I have ever heard. It makes me wonder why they didn't just terminate the pregnancy or give the child up and what they were like when she was pregnant. Did she hate the child so much that when she came out she felt no love? How can you leave the hospital with such an innocent thing knowing you are going to trash it.
I would give anything to have my son back and these idiots tortured their daughter for 6 months then killed her.
I am not a grusome person but I wish they would be be treated the way she was so that they know what she went through. Beat and raped for six months then beat to death. Who knows though, their minds are so far gone they might enjoy something like that. I think simply shooting them or leathal injection is just letting them off easy.