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Justice for Baby Brianna

Amanda Seaton is a freelance writer / Editor Author, and a lover of all things crime.


First and foremost I apologize for a late update regarding this case, I have been extremely busy. It has come to my attention that as of September, 2016 Stephanie Lopez has been released from prison after serving only 13 out of the 27 years she was given for her part in the brutal murder of her 5 month old daughter, Brianna Lopez, otherwise known as Baby Brianna. A community is mortified following Lopez release from prison, saying it is a miscarriage of justice.

It is said that Lopez has been transferred to Texas, presumably to assume a new identity. Why should a person convicted in the brutal killing of a 5 month old baby be awarded a fresh start? Why is her life valued so much higher than the life she failed to protect? The bottom line? Justice needs to be served and as long as this monster is walking the street, it never will.


When a child is born, most parents look down at their little creations with a warm smile on their faces and love in their heart knowing that they had just brought a human being into this world. As infants begin to grow, most parents are left with a sense of accomplishment that they have done their best to help their children grow. For some children however, they are robbed of the opportunity to grow, to learn, to feel, and to live in a world filled with love. Imagine, being a mother and watching your infant being thrown around the house before she is violently raped by her father and uncle and doing nothing about it. Imagine the fear, the anxiety, the hopelessness that poor infant felt as the people in her life that were supposed to love and protect her did the complete opposite.

The Background of the Case

On July 19, 2002 in Las Cruces, New Mexico, 19-year old Stephanie Lopez, 19-year-old Steven Lopez, and 21-year-old Andrew Walters started their morning out like they did every day. Mommy dearest, questioned the two gentlemen about the bruises on her daughter, but said nothing when they claimed they were just a little rough on the child the night before. Stephanie admits that she ignored the child's injuries and that she did not hear the child screaming the night before as she was asleep after consuming a few beers. That same morning baby Brianna needed a diaper change which gave the child's father the opportunity to sexually assault the child by wrapping his finger with a diaper wipe and inserting it into the child's anus before sodomizing her with foreign objects.

Upon seeing the child near death, mother of the year decided that she would wait a few hours before calling for help. When help was finally called, Lopez claimed her daughter fell out of her high chair, thinking that someone would actually believe that ridiculous story. At about 11:00 pm the night of the 19th, baby Brianna was pronounced dead at the hospital, she was only 5-months old.

Baby Brianna Was Tortured

Baby Brianna suffered a horribly painful death as authorities realized quickly that the baby had been abused on several occasions. The autopsy report concluded Brianna had suffered a laundry list of injuries, including 11 human bite marks which were noted to be in various different stages of healing. Brianna suffered from bruises, multiple rib fractures, three skull fractures, signs of shaken baby syndrome which included swelling of the brain. The injuries failed to stop there however, it is reported that the young child suffered from fractures to both legs as well which is consistent with jerking the child when she was being picked up.

Through various reports and confessions by family members, it seems that everyone was involved in the biting and pinching of this innocent child. The uncle of the baby admitted to throwing the child in the air, watching her hit her head off of the ceiling before watching her fall to the ground in agony, while mommy slept in the other room, sleeping off the beer she drank that night. Andrew Walters admitted that he fell asleep shortly after midnight, unaware of where baby Brianna was until he awoke at 3 in the morning and found her on the floor near the bed. Walters then claimed he picked the child up, wrapped her in a blanket and placed her in her bouncer, but says the baby was conscious and crying.

The Outcome

Baby Brianna was a gorgeous 5 month old baby who was born into a life of sheer and utter chaos. Born to a mother that showed very little interest in the well being and the care of the child, she recruited the help of her twin brother and her child's father to commit one of the most horrendous crimes imaginable. This case marks one of the most outlandish cases of child abuse I have ever covered in my writing career, almost making me physically ill as I read each new development in the case. Nothing made me more sick to my stomach than reading the outcome of this case in black and white across my computer screen. Baby Brianna's own mother, the woman who carried her in her womb for 9 months, the woman who gave birth to her, was supposed to love her, take care of her, was handed down a 27 year sentence for standing back and doing nothing while her infant was tortured and sexually assaulted by her own family members. Mommy's twin brother was given 51 years in prison for his role in the death of his niece, while baby Brianna's father received 57 years. Lopez, her twin brother and the baby's father were not the only one's involved in this case, for the baby's own grandmother and second uncle received 60 days in jail for their role in the case. six people lived in that house with baby Brianna and yet not one of them took the time to protect her from the painful and horrible death she suffered by the hands of the people in her life that were supposed to be there to love and protect her.

The Murder Of Baby Brianna


An Update

Stephanie Lopez received a 27 year prison sentence for standing back and doing nothing while her twin brother and her child's father beat and sexually assaulted her daughter, which ultimately led to the death of her 5 month old daughter Brianna, more commonly called baby Brianna in 2002. Controversy and petitions have been started all over the internet asking for the immediate revocation of Stephanie Lopez's parole, which she will become eligible for in 2016, after serving a little over a decade of her 27 year sentence, while her counterparts remain locked behind bars for another decade to come. The question remains, should mommy of the year be let out on parole after standing back, and doing nothing to protect the innocent life she brought into this world? Did Stephanie Lopez have more to do with the death of her innocent child than she led on? Was the sentence she was given in the end way to light for the type of death her child suffered? These are the questions I would like each of my readers to answer, and when you do I hope you answer them with an open mind, a heavy heart and remove all the hatred from your voice, for little Brianna has suffered enough.

© 2015 Amanda Seaton


Pam on October 14, 2020:

they are all 3 disgusting despicable monsters that should never be released from prison EVER!!!!

Umm.. on June 12, 2020:

Hell no! She should be put in a room with mothers who actually love their children, so she can be beaten to death slowly like sweet Brianna.

Azhar Iqbal Cheema from Nankana sahib on April 12, 2020:

Refer this case to Punjab Forensic Science Agency, Punjab, Pakistan for transparent investigation.

Tony on April 10, 2020:

Their is No justice! Baby Brianna should of never had to go thru this! This thing called mother is no mother but a monster. When it comes to doing something you are aware of what is happening you like it or not. It is your choice to be part of it or not. She chose to be part of this awful disgusting act! She should never get parole!! She should be in prison for the rest of her life!!!! Baby Brianna didn’t get the chance of living a beautiful life a life were she was supposed to be loved, taken care of. This thing (mother) should not get a happy ending Baby Brianna didn’t! she is a thing a mother is someone who cares protects and loves. She is a monster and she don’t deserve to be called mother.


Sarah on March 01, 2020:

I hope the judge rots in hell with them

Jeanette on February 17, 2020:

They should left them lock up for life or death

margie on December 31, 2019:

Stephanie you can run but you cant hide and for your low down evil devils of blood I hope they are enjoying the devils cell because you WILL all go to hell for what you did to one of Gods angels. OR was it just one ? sounds like they all have done it before. PURE EVIL DEVILS. I cannt believe they let ANY of these evil MFers.go free.

Dont we have enough of them wandering our streets. WHO would let them out to do this again, or give them just enough time to plot and get another baby for when they are all out, another devil setting them free. If most of us were in charge they would not see the light they would stay in dark devils cell and what ever happens O WELL! !!!... So So sorry baby girl but you are in Gods hands now and he will protect and you will be happier there with all the other little ANGELs. Im a grandmother and I can not believe this grandma didnt know. ( RIGHT ) If you know your fudked up kids and you did... If you saw your granddaughter at any time of this abuse then you knew. Be careful people watch your babies

Kim on December 30, 2019:

This has got to be the most vile, disgusting, and horrific thing any sweet and innocent child could ever go through. I’m appalled she would be let out. What a stain on society they all are and and gross injustice of the legal system. I am deeply saddened for this poor sweet baby girl.

Carol on November 10, 2019:

Well I just came across this story this beautiful innocent little baby I am sick and really want to scream and cry out for this baby I can't even imagine what or even think of the pain and what through this little tiny little girl mind I'm don't understand neither can I understand why could the Lord and I know were not supposed to question or Lord but how can he not stop or let this happen I just can't believe my Lord allowed this to happen to his child and death is to good for any of the people who had any part of hurting this infant but I really need to stop and say all of them will be judge and convicted by the wrath of our Lord and may he show no mercy on any one of them for give me Lord for this feeling that I have. I just don't understand it was nothing but the devil that done it the ones who were doing it they lived for the devil and the devil took them and enjoyed it well devil you also will answer the Lord also and be condemn God almighty will see too this

Really on August 13, 2019:

These monsters need to be in jail until they die ‼️That’s the sentence they gave baby Brianna She did have a home She was living in hell‼️ These ppl are pure evil I believe even the devil himself would’ve had more mercy

Monique garcia on July 09, 2019:

If I was the one making the decision, they would have been executed years ago. May they rot in hell

Tanya on April 25, 2019:

They need to die in jail or exacuted but first torchured , no HUMAN BEING would ever do this to their child , they are MONSTERS !! It’s DISGUSTING

lc on March 07, 2019:

die in jail, or death sentenced electric chair...

why was dcf not involved , why no one reported abuse usually starts little by little report from the start , baby deserved a loving family dcf would have found a caring family, dcf is not the best organization they don't prioritize the dangerous circumstances they are too busy for bull sh*t .

MC on October 10, 2018:

It’s the state who did this , they should be held responsible as well , they decided on where there at know. The Laws changed after everything that happened to baby Brianna. Was she used as an example or were you trying to prove a point ? Either or the baby’s is dead may she RIP , but punishment in this case was very poor and you have many people upset at this because of your ruling , you don’t implament know after everything . It should of have been in force since the beginning. ,

Gracie Yanez on July 08, 2018:

It’s inconceivable that any human being, any mother would “allow “ this abuse. Even animals protect their young! This monster deserves the same treatment that was done to this poor innocent child. A precious child is a blessing and should be treated as such. Many women long to become mothers and cannot due to certain reasons. While many “women “ have babies and pass the responsibilities of raising them to others. This child could have been given a beautiful life by another family. It’s devastating knowing her short innocent life was filled with torture and doom.

Mad mom on June 28, 2018:

People like that should be hurt and I can't understand how a mother turn away from there kids I love my boys from the start some mothers need help

Pissed off mom on June 26, 2018:

She needs to be fixed so she can’t have any more children and the men also fixed.

Lee on May 16, 2018:

I think these so called parents of this sweet innocent child needs to die in jail. How could they take a baby and do these horrible brutal things to a child who is just developing .These people are mentally ill they are not normal they need to be evaluated

kelliemurray on May 16, 2018:

They should all be in prison for the rest of their lives. All of them including the 2 who failed that precious child by not stepping up and speaking out for her. If we don't speak up for children being abused then who will? Same goes for our elderly. Elder abuse is about as prevalent as child abuse. Also, every state in the nation should have the ability to order female abusers to have their tubes tied and male abusers to have a vasectomy. I reported my niece for abusing her children and when all was said and done she was stripped of all parental rights for her 2 girls who have since been adopted by a wonderful lady who has been an angel. The problem is, my niece keeps having more children. She gave birth to one that died which I feel quite certain can be tied to her drug abuse. She gave birth to 2 more children who have also been removed from her custody and again, she has been stripped of all parental rights to them as well. Their father has full custody of them and they are both doing really well. Why is this woman allowed to continue procreating?! This is where the state should step in and order her to have her tubes not only tied but cut, burned, twisted and have no way of ever being repaired!! Having children is a privilege and sadly there are a lot of people who don't deserve to have that privilege.

Amanda Seaton (author) from Wisconsin on May 10, 2018:

I totally agree that they shouldn't have let her out. All 3 of them should have been put to death, this is a gross miscarriage of justice.

Sauncerae on May 09, 2018:

She was part of the abuse it was all three of them this woman lived thru prison and still breathes she needs to be held for 5 months and feel everything that poor beautiful baby girl felt. How could any body allow that woman to breathe still. This planet would be better off without her here. ...

Rach on May 04, 2018:

Part of her sentence should be sterialization to prevent the abuse and death of other children.

Bonnie Pryor on March 25, 2018:

This sorry excuse for a woman and a mother should never see the light of day again!! What a despicable and horrible person!!!She should have been given a life sentence!!! Rest In Peace Sweet Little Brianna!!! God has you now!!!

Rhonda Mae Coats on January 30, 2018:

They all should get the death penalty, but first they should have done to them what they did to that little angel but worse , I can’t even imagine what that baby went through my heart breaks for her R.I.P. my sweet angel you are in a place where no one can hurt you again my lord and savior has you now .

michelle on November 09, 2017:

Cynthia- Are you serious? This angel was abused horrifically and you want to make the mother a victim too?! Any real mom worth anything would die before allowing this to happen. I couldn't sit back for 5 months and be " too scared cat" to say nothing! She better not come to my city. If i recognize her I will tell the world what she has done.

Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on July 07, 2017:

I remember this story :(

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on July 06, 2017:

A grizzley story to say the least, and very difficult to read. In my experience in working with women who have been abused, it is quite likely that Stephanie herself was the victim of similar atrocities throughout her life, and probably during the assaults on her child she was threatened by the two men. I cannot think of any other reason anyone without PTSD would allow their infant to be so treated.

Slim86 on June 30, 2017:

She should have never got off that easily. How can any law allow those bastard not to get life without the possibility of parole. They don't even deserve to still have air in their rotten souls. She needs to be put back in jail for the rest of of sick as life. No child killers or abuser should ever be allowed to enter society again. That isn't fair to baby Brianna. Continue to Rest in Heaven baby girl.

Annie on May 31, 2017:

They all need to rot in jail for the rest of their lives and then burn in hell forever

Anan Celeste from California on May 30, 2017:

I found out about this case in 2014. It literally brought me to my knees in sorrow. It changed my family too, so strongly that a group of us decided to participate in a balloon release for her birthday. Targeting teens in my community to learn about early intervention, child abuse and domestic violence prevention. I was surprised how many teen, from both genders marched with us to the ceremony that Valentine's Day back in 2014. We also remembered those children that found death from their own parents, almost 200 names( just in that past year) . People know, And the anger still there but, if anything this monstrosity helped to uncover an ugly truth in our communities. Children are being put in danger and the price for this doesn't match the crime.

Laura Flores on May 28, 2017:

This monster should never have been given such a lenient sentence, nor let out of prison! She doesn't deserve any of the privileges Brianna was denied. She is a heartless monster and has no remorse!

Gigi on May 27, 2017:

I don't think she should've been allowed to have a new identity. It should have been mandatory that she be sterilized to keep this from happening to another child. Unfortunately, it didn't end there for this beautiful baby girl. No one claimed her body. The towns people got together bought her a casket and head stone for a child that never knew love. These kind strangers mourn her and brought flowers. The family of monsters had a cage erected around this grave so no one could leave flowers.

Harlee on May 27, 2017:

The mother definitely belongs in prison for the rest of her life! It's wrong of what she did to this innocent baby. Prison for life is what she needs!

KristinaB1986 on May 25, 2017:

I can't believe she is out of prison. She needs to have her tubes tied so she can't have another kid. I don't understand why mother's don't give the baby up for adoption. If you know you don't want the baby then give her to a family that does. She needs to be brutally murdered like that poor innocent baby. Hopefully the men that did this to the baby get what they deserve in prison. Rip baby girl

Amanda Seaton (author) from Wisconsin on April 19, 2017:

I agree that women get far less times for crimes, no matter what they are. I also agree she was no mother, she was abd is a monster. She shouldnt see the light of day, let alone start her life over.

Amanda Seaton (author) from Wisconsin on April 19, 2017:

I agree that women get far less times for crimes, no matter what they are. I also agree she was no mother, she was abd is a monster. She shouldnt see the light of day, let alone start her life over.

John on April 18, 2017:

The sentences for crimes that are committed in this country carry a certain number of years mandatory you must serve and minimum you must serve. If you search you will find across the board that women in general get less time and serve less time than their male counter parts convicted of the same crimes.

I can say without any hatred in my voice or heart that this woman is anything but a mother. She may have given birth to this little girl, but she was never her mother. What she did and did not do involving the child's murder is no less heinous than what the men did. She knew what they had done and did nothing to prevent it. She attempted to hide it by deception lying to authorities about her injuries. She also waited hours before seeking medical attention for the child.

Her actions show she did not want or love the child either. Her actions were not those of a loving parent. I wonder what the other family members not directly involved were thinking by not calling authorities either. Were they in fear for their lives? Was it some other factor that was stopping them?

This woman deserves no fresh start or lenience and should at the very least have served her full sentence before being considered for parole. We can only hope that we will not ever have another child that could potentially be exposed to her idea of motherhood. This world can be a dark place at times. It's sad to turn on the news and see protesters whining about who is president, or women dressed as vaginas or wearing vagina hats marching and complaining about the price of tampons. Where are the marches for what happened to this baby and many others? That's right there are none. It's not trendy enough for a large group of women to protest child abuse and child murder. It goes against their pro choice pro abortion theme they have going on.

What exactly do they teach in women's study courses? I think cases like these should be. I'm all for equal protections for females and I think they should start with the most vulnerable first. It will never happen though, not in today's me, myself and I selfie addicted society.

Renee on May 19, 2016:

It is sad when i started to read this i started to cry. Its a shame i hope they all burn in HELL she was just a baby. If they wanted to get read of the child i would have taken her and given her sooo much LOVE. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE

Amanda Seaton (author) from Wisconsin on April 23, 2016:

I completely agree with you Lucia. Thanks for reading.

Lucia on April 23, 2016:

It saddens me to the core to have read such disgusting acts upon such a beautiful young soul. It even breaks my heart reading it, her family whom was suppose to love and protect her all at some point neglected her even thou she still haven't a voice and feet to run. May God hold you his arms baby girl.... God will see them justice as he is your refugee. Let them live their lives today on Earth and suffer eternal sufferings in the after life xox

realtalk247 on March 29, 2015:

This story broke my heart. For doing this to a child all of them should be executed beginning with the mother.

People do not have to give pregnant now a days and if you have a child there are adoption agencies where you can allow others to care for your baby and place them with someone that could love them.

That poor baby. I can't imagine her existence and pain while not comprehending why people were doing this to her.

Yves on March 29, 2015:

Indeed, it is quite sad.

Amanda Seaton (author) from Wisconsin on March 29, 2015:

It is sad that the mother will be released on parole in 2016 with the father likely to receive parole in 2025.

Yves on March 29, 2015:

The mother belongs in jail---for the rest of her life. If she gets out, she will get pregnant again, and destroy yet anther child. This is a horrible case. At least some laws have been changed, but more must be done. May Brianna rest in peace.