OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The mother of a 2-year-old girl who died in
October 2005 after enduring child abuse won't receive anything from
the settlement of a wrongful-death lawsuit.
Raye Dawn Smith is in prison after being convicted of enabling
the abuse of her daughter, Kelsey Smith-Briggs of Meeker. Smith had
asked for half of about $345,000 left over from the settlement, but
a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the money instead will go to
Kelsey's father, Lance Briggs.
Briggs was returning to Oklahoma from military duty when Kelsey
died. He sued the state Department of Human Services and others in
2006, alleging Kelsey died because of "systemwide failures" at
The state paid $525,000 and a private agency provided another
$100,000 to settle the lawsuit.