The Worst Case of Child Abuse In US History – The Murder of Baby Brianna (GRAPHIC)


Brianna Mariah Lopez a.k.a “Baby Brianna” (February 14, 2002 – July 19, 2002)

Brianna Lopez who is also known to many as “Baby Brianna”, was a baby girl who was born in a New Mexico hospital on Valentines Day, 2002 to her mother, Stephanie Lopez and her father, Andy Walters. She would have turned eleven years old on February 14, 2013 but sadly, she never made it.

When Baby Brianna left the hospital after her birth she moved into a home in Las Cruces, N.M. shared by her parents and Uncle, Steven Lopez.

The abuse started almost immediately. Instead of hugs and kisses Brianna received slaps and pinches. She was tormented on a daily basis, both verbally and physically. Slapped, kicked, punched, pinched, thrown, raped, etc. You name it this infant endured it.

Mugshot photos of Brianna’s parents, Andrew “Andy” Walters and Stephanie Lopez

Mugshot photo of Steven Lopez

When Brianna would cry at the pain that was inflicted on her, her abusers would laugh and stuff her mouth with clothing to muffle her screams. Her own mother would bite and pinch her when she got frustrated by the crying, but for the most part it was the infant’s father and uncle who tormented her while Stephanie sat back and ignored her daughter’s cries.

Medical examiners would later report the marks as being both old and new which proved prolong abuse. Brianna also had bleeding on her brain, both old and new, as well as broken ribs, broken legs, broken arms, lacerations to her fingers, vagina and anus. She had been abused everyday of her short life.

Photo of Baby Brianna’s little hand and fingers

Photos of Baby Brianna taken right before her autopsy. Notice the bite marks on her head and back.

Baby Brianna was what many would consider a strong baby because she managed to survive 153 days despite coming into this cruel world weighing only several pounds.

On the evening of July 18th, 2002 Andy went out to purchase beer and when he came home they all proceeded to get drunk. Stephanie claimed to have had only a few beers before heading to bed in the same room the others were in. During this time both Andy and Steven decided to play their own sick, demented game where they would toss Brianna up in the air, let her hit the ceiling and watch her tumble to the ground. They would later tell authorities that Brianna was screaming and wailing when this was happening. Apparently the baby’s mother didn’t hear her daughter screaming and crying in agony.

Early the next morning on July 19, 2002 at approximately 7:15a.m. Stephanie awoke to Brianna crying and noticed fresh bruises on her and asked the others what happened. They told her that they may have been “a little to rough with her last night”. She accepted their answer and ignored her child’s injuries.

That same morning Stephanie noticed Brianna needed a diaper change and Andy volunteered to do it.  During the diaper change he wrapped a baby wipe around his finger and inserted it into Brianna’s anus. He also sodomized her with foreign objects. When Stephanie noticed Brianna near death she ignored it and decided to wait several hours before calling an ambulance. When she did find the time to call them, she lied and told them her daughter had fallen from her high chair. Apparently she was delusional enough to think authorities would by that story.

Brianna was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead at 11:10AM. She was just 5 months and 5 days old.

Left: Large bite mark on Brianna’s arm Right: More photos showing the abuse this precious baby endured


This photo shows the back of Brianna’s head where you can see a large bite mark to her earlobe.

The first officer to see baby Brianna in the hospital was Detective Lindell Wright. He remembers one thought going through his mind:  “I’ve got a lot to do.” 

“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.” said Governor Susana Martinez who prosecuted Brianna’s family.

They took sadistic joy out of torturing this infant. Not one family member cared about her, not one of them attempted to protect her and there’s zero proof to suggest she was ever shown love in her short life. She was there for their own sadistic amusement.

When police searched the home they couldn’t find one toy or even a photo of Brianna laughing or smiling.  No evidence to indicate she enjoyed one moment of her life.

Many relatives including Brianna’s grandparents knew what was occurring but ignored it. They knew their granddaughter was being raped by both her father and uncle, they knew she had pinch marks from head to toe in different stages of healing, they knew she was being tormented and had marks, cuts and lacerations but they turned a blind eye and let it continue for five, going on six more months until baby Brianna’s little body couldn’t handle the abuse any longer.

Officer Wright has seen alot during his career but Brianna’s case will haunt him for life.

“I cried my eyes out. It will stay with me for the rest of my life. It tests you to the point you’re not sure you can speak,””You’re afraid that the emotion will take over.” said Wright.

At the time Brianna was murdered a person who committed intentional child abuse resulting in death faced a maximum of 18 years in prison.

“Eighteen years for the life of a child?” State Sen. Mary Jane Garcia of Doña Ana said. “I thought it was absurd.”

It took three years of trying and in 2005, Senate Bill 166, also known as the “Baby Brianna Bill” was officially signed into law by Governor Bill Richardson. The bill made child abuse, which results in death, a first degree felony in New Mexico and set the mandatory minimum sentence at 30 years in prison.

Three relatives, including her grandparents, were sentenced to 30 days in jail for failing to report the abuse. The maximum is one year.

Stephanie Lopez was convicted of negligent child abuse after she failed to do anything to help her child.  The New Mexico Corrections Department said that she could be released as early as September 28, 2016. Less than 15 for her daughter’s torture death. The New Mexico State Parole Board said that it’s almost certain that she’ll be released, provided that she finds a suitable home and can meet the requirements of her release conditions.

The public was outraged when they heard about the possible release. Dozens created petitions which quickly gained signatures and many called the Governor.


Thousands of people in the community weeped over Brianna’s horrific death. Mourners who never had the chance to meet Brianna in life came together for the baby girl in her after-life. They paid for her casket and burial and claimed her body when nobody else did. Her gravesite became a memorial site with dozens of toys and flowers, something Brianna’s family didn’t approve of.

Brianna’s family and relatives didn’t put a penny towards the child’s funeral, burial and grave-stone. Heck, they didn’t even claim her, the community did. Her family didn’t want Brianna to receive love even after her death and went out of their way to purchase a cage to go over her gravestone in an attempt to shield her. The cage is a mess, unkempt and full of trash.

The community refused to let Brianna and her story simmer and still placed flowers around the cage. They’ve also created another memorial site to visit and remember the little girl who never had a chance.

When asked why they put a cage over Brianna’s grave-site, Brianna’s family had little to say.

“They were asked, and they said they just wanted to be left alone and they wanted Brianna to be left alone,” Martinez said.

Inside the cage is a cherub with a finger raised to her lips. Some believe it’s a message.

“My first thought was, ‘Let’s not talk about what’s occurred here,’” Lopez said.

The community vows to not let that happen.  People still visit and leave flowers and have built another marker as well.  Brianna’s story has been told dozens of times and is still being told over a decade later on websites and online memorials including  Brianna Lopez Last Memories and Facebook memorials such as In Loving Memory of Baby Brianna

Detectives, social workers and prosecutors who worked on her case will also remember Brianna.

“Before they started the autopsy and her little face was lying on a white sheet and I thought she looks asleep,” Wright said. “So I just took the picture.”

The picture was photo-shopped to edit out all the marks, bruises and scars she had.  It’s the Brianna the community likes to remember.

“There’s a photograph of her to carry on of her little life,” Wright said.

The picture hangs on the wall next to Susana Martinez’s desk.

“It’s a reminder, of course, of why we do what we do,” Martinez said. “If you forget you’ll either become calloused or you will become Jell-O. “You can’t do this job well unless you are in the middle, and that’s just a good reminder why we do it.”

Brianna is never far from the detective either. “It drives me to work harder to prevent, to be a voice for every child of abuse,” Wright said. “That’s what it does.”

Brianna Lopez

Brianna Lopez – Find A Grave - Brianna Mariah Lopez was buried at Dõna Ana Cemetery in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA

July 19, 2012 marked the 10th anniversary of the death of Baby Brianna. She would be turning 11-years-old in three weeks. RIP Brianna M. Lopez

1,318 responses to “The Worst Case of Child Abuse In US History – The Murder of Baby Brianna (GRAPHIC)

  1. I wish that they would get the death penalty and the family members should get in jail for 35 years or be torture like that little precious baby that they hurt i wish i was there to save her it makes me cry she is being loved right now by god shes a beautiful angel i wish i could have helped her

  2. Unbeleivably sad and terrible story. The question ‘how could they’ is one I have to ask, but there can never be an answer. Some people are just pure evil. Doing that to their own child goes against everything parents SHOULD feel for their child. Truly horrific. The thought of that baby crying out in pain and having nobody who cared is heartbreaking. It’s beyond imhuman. They should all have been put to death, inc grandparents. Evil the lot of them. Poor baby.Rest peacefully Brianna.

  3. this is sick and ridiculous! they need to spend the rest of their lives in jail for taking a life of a little helpless baby! This women needs her tubes tide and the grandparents should be ashamed of their self for letting this happen to there grandchild. as a mother to a baby i couldn’t imagine letting this happen to my son. They turned something so precious into something so sad. One of the sadest things i could see is this, may this angel rest in piece and those people never get out of jail!!!!!

  4. This will haunt me for the rest of my life. Brings tears and emotion I never felt so much anger. My heart goes out for the precious angel who Never had a chance on earth. I truly don’t understand or don’t comprehend how the mother let that happen to her. We will never understand. She is with our God almighty who will Always protect her! She’s in Eternal peace and happiness. Something that family will Never enjoy.

  5. I could not read this with a dry face. It’s absolutely horrible to read what those sick animals did to that baby. 30 years is not enough when you take someone else 30 years of life away from them. At least God is protecting her now.

  6. I myself feel each and everyone of them . even the ones that new about it should be put to death. How the hell can they put an innocent baby in so much pain. Either dont have then or give them to a loving family they cant have kids or a family who would ive her.ME MYSELF WOULD OF TAKEN HER AND RAISED HER AS MY OWN.i have a grandaughter and I would kill yes I said kill someone if they ever hurt her or even thought of hurting her. Im very sad by this.As I write this with tears in my eyes and heavy pain in my heart.RIP sweet baby girl.

  7. Fuck the whole family accept the baby! I never heard it, but she gonna have to leave the state when she get out! Swooop Nation!

    • i totally agree if u dont want a baby birth control can be free what teen or anyone else hasnt heard of planned parenthood but if u have the child worse case scenario u can sell that baby to a loving family and make cash they have a law u can leave that baby u dont want at a fire station county building or e.r. no questions asked in this story they wanted someone to torture unfortanatly they were to scared to do it to anyone but a helpless baby the death penalty should b slower and more painful in these cases die slow baby killers

  8. I believe in the death penalty for these animals including the mother ,i had read this before a yr ago it gave me an upset stomach again ..cant believe it RIP Brianna u are with the angels

  9. wow unbelievable. ths is da saddest story ive ever read. im speechless omg. stephanie or whteva ur name is seeing u mite b released soon, i hve a place for u to stay cum stay wth me pls. cum to south africa so tht i cn re-enact ur vicious sick crime on u. i prmise id do a much better job or mayb worse n id enjoy every min of it. to thnk sumwhr out thr rite at ths moment thr mite b another child going thru ths n i cnt do a thng abt it. y u and those two things r stil alive i hav no idea. THE THREE OF U NOTHINGS SHOULD BURN IN HELL N U WILL. and wen ur dead ill b having a party n laughing so hard i promise.

    • Im Also from South Africa and im just …..heartbroken, i myself would do things to that female monster as well as the males that no one would ever dream of doing, i would slowly torture them tfor as long as little Brianna had to live the horror she had to before she couldnt anymore.
      There is a petition thats going around to stop the mother from getting parole in 2016. i signed it as im trying to help stop that worthless thing from getting free of what she did. Google it and sign the petition if you want, every signature helps.

  10. Human beings are the only mammals that inflict pain for pleasure yet we consider ourselves to be the superior species. Rest in peace beautiful baby girl. Your safe now.

  11. I really wish these sick people would get the death penalty..but b4 they get it they get tortured the same way they did too that poor innocent infant….they should have a fricken baseball bat shoved up their asses….they should have their arms and legs broken be pinched bitten kicked they don’t deserve to die with a stick to the arm they need to die in the way that the baby was killed if not worse

  12. NO ONE should suffer like this and most certainly not a child…Rest in peace baby Brianna. Though I only know you through this story, you will be in my heart forever. :(

  13. May they all rot in hell. But before that, may they be beaten and tortured…. a very slow PAINFUL death is all they deserve. Makes my blood boil. I would have killed them myself had I been in that family. DISGUSTINGGGGGGGGGGGG

  14. These people don’t even deserve to be alive! They should be tortured chopped alive into a million pieces & thrown to the trash like the garbage that they fucken are!! This is just WRONG she couldn’t defend herself why torture A LITTLE ANGEL that was sent from heaven to be protected NOT to be killed?!!!! Grrrrrr!! Words cannot explain how much ANGER I feel towards these animals!! You guys are gonnah ROTT IN HELL YOU SON OF BITCHES!!!!

  15. I read this story about a year ago and i just cried for hours,cant imagine what that poor precious baby went through i wish they gave us a chance to torture those sick people how could they ever hurt a little soul I SUFFERED CHILD ABUSE MYSELF,WHICH IS WHY IM TOTALLY AGAINST IT may u rot in hell

  16. There are things that could and should be done publicly to people such as them, that should be considered as equal justice. When i hear of animals like the ones who did this to a child I can only wish that I was allowed to exert just one bit of the feeling that run through me onto animals such as them. Public shaming did work though it was horrific it placed fear and respect into the minds of sick animals such as these. Justice is not for the weak, the weak are the reason that we allow the very existence of people who would in what ever sick thought think it is okay to be such horrible animals.

  17. Baby girl! I love you! I love you and I wish I could have got to meet you! You would not have too live that life. My heart hurts for you. Im sad you had to die from such a horrible life what little life you had. I promise you right now my babies will not be put through pain as such if I can prevent it! I hope you are smiling in heaven and I know you are finally feeling the love you deserve. May God bless your lil heart baby girl Mariah. I like your name! ;) you are my inspiring lil beautiful mamas <3

  18. I wish that this little angel could have felt the love of real parents. she was very strong to have survived the little time she did. Her parents and family should rot in hell. Many ppl cant have kids and others shouldnt have kids


  20. Ah man they should’ve done something horrible to them on live tv the bastards like chainsawing each limb off or pouring acid in their eyes plain evil things like this need to have seriously painful agonizing slow death type consequences

  21. Cant stop Crying ….. just cant! im a mother of a baby girl and i cant imagine what this little girl must have gone through. I am from south Africa, and it happens here, and around the world, and it just gets worse with all the campaigns running and all i personally think that the world must fight together for the lives of the little ones and not just country by country, the whole world must stand together. I would gladly save a baby or child, in Mexico , Vermont CA, china anywhere, not just in my country. I will try and sign every petition around the world if i can. There is one petition for baby Brianna that you can sign now to stop the mother from getting parole in 2016 if you have a heart and you are hurt for Brianna’s sake and every other child as there are too may. sign this petition please.

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