|Brianna Mariah Lopez|
Born premature on February 14, 2002, Baby Brianna's little life would be cut short by abuse so horrible that a more accurate word for it would be torture. When she was admitted into the hospital, her tiny body was covered in adult sized bite marks, bruises, there injuries to her genitals and anal area and skull fractures. She had bleeding on the brain, two rib fractures, bucket handle fractures on both thigh bones and another fracture on her left arm caused by having her small limbs twisted, yanked and pulled. Some of these were old injuries, some of them fresh, but all of them were the sick and twisted proof of how this innocent child had lived in constant pain for the entire 5 months she was alive.
When you hear a story of a child with so many injuries and see these images, so much trauma to her body, so young that it's impossible she could have done this to herself, you immediately wonder, "Why?" Why would anyone hurt a child, any child, like this? What in this precious child's face did some sick fuck see that made them want to harm her in any way? There is no justifiable answer. Only a sick, inhuman, unfeeling mutated and diseased puddle of shit reeking sludge would ever do something like this. And that takes us to the question after the why. "Who the fuck did this to her?" In this day and age it's probably not surprising to learn that it was her own mother, Stephanie Lopez, her father, Andrew Walters, and her uncle, Steven Lopez.
|Stephanie Lopez, Incubator and Abuse Spectator|
|Steven Lopez, Baby Rapist and Murderer|
|Andrew Walters, Sperm Donor, Baby Rapist and Murderer|
Brianna's own grandmother, Patricia Walters, and another uncle, Robert Walters Jr, knew all about the disgusting abuse, but did absolutely nothing to put an end to it...And that makes them as guilty as the mother, the father and the other uncle. Grandma and uncle would only get 60 days though, for sitting idly by and letting a baby, A BABY, get tortured to death. With a phone call they could have saved this child's life, just a phone call, but being inhuman pieces of shit, they did nothing and after those 60 days life goes on for them. I don't wonder how they can live with themselves, knowing what utterly despicable wastes of flesh they are, instead I hope that they are haunted by the memory of a life they helped destroyed. I hope that their are people that don't let them forget what they helped do to this baby and I hope they never know peace, that in the back of their minds, Baby Brianna is always there. Even if they try to push her from memory, I imagine that the harder they try the more Brianna sticks around in their mind, because it's impossible to forget that you are a baby killer, whether you killed her with your own hands or watched her be murdered. For the ones who put their hands on that child, I wish for so much worse.
This story breaks my heart, I have cried for this child, a child I never knew, never held, didn't carry to term, a child that wasn't mine, but that I wish would have been allowed to live. Baby Brianna deserved to live. To grow up. To experience life. This precious child was robbed and the world that she could have done great things in with her life was robbed of her. Through her tragic and senseless death though, Brianna's story brings light to, and gives a face to, the small and often voiceless victims of child abuse. Briana could not speak up for or defend herself, so it's up to the rest of us left behind in this often cruel world to speak up, to defend and to save these children.
My hope is that Baby Brianna is never forgotten, that people always remember her story, and that they share it. It is story that hurts your heart, but it's one everyone should know. She would have been 10 this year, let's celebrate that by remembering her story and if we are ever in the position of being able to save a child's life, to save them from the pain of abuse and neglect, that we act. That we give her and children like her our voices and spare them the same tragedy.