The Kelsey Smith-Briggs Case What You Didn't Know

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Former Judge of The Kelsey Smith-Brigg Case Announces New Book, Defends Decision and Tells All.

Former Judge of The Kelsey Smith-Brigg Case Announces New Book, Defends Decision and Tells All.

Former Lincoln County Judge Craig Key has been blamed for the death of Kelsey Smith-Briggs. The two-year-old girl lost her life by blunt force trauma to the abdomen on October 11, 2005, after his decision in June 2005, to return her to her mother's home in Meeker, OK. This decision has turned his world upside down and ultimately ended his judicial career due to mischaracterizations of the evidence and innuendos from the paternal family and the one-sided reports by the media. (Case number: JD05-10)

The much-criticized Judge in this infamous case is speaking for the very first time since Kelsey's death in 2005 in his new book, A Deadly Game of Tug of War: The Kelsey Smith-Briggs Story (Morgan James, 2007), which is a factual account of the crime to let you be the judge.

The book is available online at, but will not be available in bookstores until after the trial next month of Kelsey's mother, Raye Dawn Smith, who is charged with child neglect and enabling child abuse. Raye Dawn Smith's former husband and Kelsey's stepfather, Michael Porter, pleaded no contest to one count of enabling child abuse and is serving a 30-year prison term.

Judge Craig Key Reveals:
·Why he is finally breaking his silence about the case
·The story no one has ever heard
·Why he decided to place Kelsey Smith-Briggs back to the custody of her mother
·How cases like Kelsey's is a national epidemic and is happening everywhere
·His foundation to help children of abuse
·What needs to be done so cases like Kelsey's never happens again
·The cover-up by the paternal grandmother
·The parts of the story never told that really influenced the judge's decision

The toddler's death lead to a new Oklahoma law, titled "Kelsey's Law," which improved training of court-appointed child advocates and holds judges more accountable for their rulings in child-placement cases.

The media has claimed that the Department of Human Services failed to protect the little girl, a judge sent her back to an abusive home, and that two families were pitted against each other in an epic child custody case. After all of the rumors and speculation that arose after Kelsey's death, the public will finally get the truth from the one person who never talked, the judge who presided in court.

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