This memorial website was created In Loving Memory Of Brianna Mariah Lopez Our loved one. Who was born premature, in New Mexico on February 14, 2002 and passed away on July 19, 2002 . We will remember her forever (*Even though her family does not want us to!!!!*) Brianna was only Five months & Five Days old, and suffered some of the worst abuse imaginable for a child that age. The abuse resulted in the death of this poor baby girl.
On record are allegations of sexual abuse, being shaken and beaten,
over 13 adult sized bite marks as well as other lacerations and contusions over her entire body. Injuries to her genital and anal area were also found ."She had bite marks on her face, cheek, head, arms, legs, chest, torso, everywhere."Bite marks throughout her body; that were old and new, She had skull fractures that were old and new.
"She had bleeding on the brain both old and new which means she had been abused physically her entire life."
Baby Brianna suffered two rib fractures on the right side of her chest several weeks before her death. She also had bucket handle fractures on both her right and left thigh bones as well as a fracture through the top of her left arm. These injuries were the result of her limbs being forced, twisted, or yanked. "Literally bruised from head to toe, from the top of her head all throughout her body all the way to the big toe on her right foot.
She was beaten and raped by her own family.
"Massive bruising on the head, and then her little fingers were lacerated,& a bruise on her big toe on her right foot," Brianna's family called 911 and said that she had fallen out of her chair and was no longer breathing.
On trial for her death were Brianna's mother, Stephanie Lopez who is accused of murdering her, her father, Andy Walters and an Uncle,
Steven Lopez who are accused of sexually abusing her and murdering her and her Grandmother, Patricia Walters and one other Uncle, Robert Walters Jr., who face charges of failing to report child abuse. Brianna's uncle Steven , her father Andrew and her mother Stephanie are facing the most time in prison. Though NONE of them will serve enough time to make up for what they did to this innocent baby girl. In Las Cruces, New Mexico there is a small grave of a baby that has been fenced in and locked up. No one can get to the grave to lay flowers or grieve. District Attorney Susana Martinez says this is just another way that Brianna Lopez's parents are causing this precious baby pain, even after her death."They are isolating her not only in her life but also in her death."
Susana Martinez asked for the maximum punishment possible for all of them. Sadly, their sentences do not fit their crimes. It took a jury of seven men and five woman nine hours to find all of them guilty.
Andy Walters, the father, received a mere 57 years in prison and
her Uncle Steven Lopez received only 51 years for sexually abusing
and causing the death of Brianna due to abuse and neglect.
Stephanie Lopez, her mother received a very short sentence of 27 years in prison for child abuse and neglect resulting in death. The Jury decided that she was not guilty of intentional abuse since she
did not inflict the abuse but had allowed it to take place.
Brianna's Grandmother, Patricia Walters and her Uncle, Robert Walters Jr each got off easy with only 60 days in jail for failing to
report the abuse and save Brianna's life.
As each guilty verdict was read, the Lopez and Watlers families
showed their emotions by embracing and crying. The only one of
the defendants to show emotion at that time was Steven Lopez who is the twin brother of Stephanie, put his head in his hands and started to cry.
When the jury was dismissed and had left the court room, the
defendants then began to show their emotions by crying and
hugging their lawyers who tried to console them. Stephanie and Steven were allowed to hug each other and cry before being lead out of the court room by guards. Susana Martinez, District Attorney had this to say:"To say this child was beaten head to toe is not an exaggeration.""I find their statements extremely self-serving. It's all about how I feel, what I've gone through, how life has been difficult for me since I've been arrested. It's all about I, I, I, and never there was an empathy for Brianna."
There was one woman who spoke up for Brianna. A great Aunt
name Rosanne Garcia stated:
"I heard them pleading for mercy for them not to be
given so many years and they all had defense attorneys
to help them but who was there for Brianna when she was
being violated and abused."
"The time that they are going to get, is not going to be enough"
***THIS IS A POEM I FOUND***
<This is for Brianna's mother>
Today there will be silence mommy,
no crying will you hear.
I didn't mean to anger you,
I just wanted you near.
Today there will be sleep again,
I won't cry out in vain.
The nights I needed comforting,
were filled with hurt and pain.
How could someone so big and strong,
strike out at little me?
I was a gift, your baby Girl
unwanted now, I see.
Today there will be love at last,
On angels wings I'll soar.
Way up high, above the clouds,
through heavens golden doors.
So mommy, say a prayer for me,
for the life I'll never know.
I just wish you could have cared for me,
for I would have loved you so.......
<FOR EVERY CHILD>
For every child who cries at night
Alone with shame and fright
For every child who wants so much
To only feel a gentle touch
For the beaten child, who cries in pain
Whose tears run silent, like the rain
For the child used to satisfy lust
Who never learns to love or trust
For the child taken from her/his home
And made to feel so all alone
For the child whose home is just a shell
Where life becomes a living hell
For the child who smiles but cannot feel
Because of scars too deep to heal
For every child who yearns for love
I hope and pray to God above
To hear your cries and heal your pain
And give you back your life again
A Video I made for Baby Brianna's 9th Birthday,Please Copy & Paste the link below into your search bar to view the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duHQfLfAbGA
A Video I made for Baby Brianna's 9th Angelversary Please Copy & paste the link below into your search bar to view the video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKb9VrsUgXo
For those who are interested in sending flowers to Baby Brianna's Grave..Here is a florist that will deliver flowers to her final resting place..
1300 S. El Paseo
Las Cruces, NM 88001
~*~UPDATE~*~ Stephanie Rene Lopez the Las Cruces mother convicted in the brutal 2002 death of her 5 month-old daughter, Brianna Lopez, is projected to be released from prison later this month, after serving less than half of her 27-year sentence.
The New Mexico Corrections Department confirmed Friday that Lopez is on track to be released from prison on Sept. 25,2016..She will be on supervised parole in another state.
~*~*~*~*Stephanie Lopez was realeased from Prison Wednedsay September 21, 2016~*~*~*~*~
HERE is a news link on her release..