Thursday, December 31, 2015

Khyla Hayes

Khyla Hayes
April 29, 2006 - March 4, 2012

Khyla Hayes was a happy and beautiful little girl. She passed away after being involved in a hit and run accident. Khyla and a group of her friends, also children, were walking to the park so they could play on the playground. Two of Khyla's friends, Dasiaray (11 years old) and Hailey (9 years old), had crossed the street first and then turned around to see if their friends were following. What they saw instead was an SUV hitting their friends.

Dasiaray commented that the SUV had "came out of nowhere real fast". Dasiaray saw the SUV shortly before it hit her friends and tried to warn them, but it was much too late. After hitting the children, the SUV hit a parked car and then kept driving. He eventually stopped the SUV at a nearby apartment complex. Neighbors who saw what happened held the driver and his passenger until police could arrive. The driver was Daniel McDonald.

Daniel was not intoxicated, but his passenger was. He said that he was aware that he had hit the children and they were injured, but he wasn't sure how bad their injuries were. A neighbor had attempted to help Khyla by giving her CPR, but Khyla was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her older cousin, who was six years old, was also injured, but he survived. 

Paris Talley

Paris Talley
August 2, 2005 - August 30, 2005

Paris Talley was born on August 2, 2005 to Terrell Talley and China Arnold. She lived with her parents and her siblings. Paris was almost one month old when her parents got into a fight with each other. The fight was about if Terrell was Paris's biological father or not, and somehow, this fight ended in China putting Paris in a microwave.

Paris's death was ruled as a homicide caused by hypothermia, which, in this case, was her body temperature being very high. China had taken Paris to the hospital, and doctors recognized that Paris's injuries were suspicious. Paris passed away the next day from her injuries. China was arrested, but then released due to lack of evidence. China denied that she had ever injured Paris in any way.

China later had three trials involving Paris's death. The first was a mistrial. The second ended in China being sentenced to life in prison for the death of Paris. Later, the ruling was turned over and it was decided that China should be free.

At one point, they blamed a child for putting Paris in the microwave. It was later proved that the little boy they accused of putting Paris in the microwave had not even been in the home on the day she was injured. China got a third trial in 2011 and was sentenced to life in prison again. Psychologists testified that China was not mentally unstable, so that could not be the cause of her putting her child in a microwave and turning it on. Her defense was that she was too drunk to know what she was doing. 

Kelsey Smith-Briggs

Kelsey Shelton Smith-Briggs
December 28, 2002 - October 11, 2005
Kelsey was born on December 28, 2002 to Lance Briggs and Raye Smith. By the time Kelsey was born, her parents were already divorced. For the first few months of Kelsey's life, her name was Kelsey Smith. Eventually, a test was done and it was determined that Lance Briggs was Kelsey's father, so her name was changed to Kelsey Smith-Briggs. After it was found that he was her father, Kelsey often saw Lance and the other members of his family, though she still lived with her mother.
Kelsey was a happy, smart, and beautiful child. She liked dancing and eating pizza. She loved going to the zoo and playing in water. Eventually, her father married a woman named Ashley, and Kelsey's mother married a man named Michael Porter. Kelsey called them "Mommy Ashley" and "Daddy Mike". Soon, Kelsey and her mother were living with Michael Porter.
Shortly after Kelsey turned two years old, her daycare provider as well as members of her family began noticing signs of abuse. Her daycare provider was the first to see that Kelsey had bruises on her bottom and on her knees. She thought that the bruises looked like marks from fingers.
More signs of abuse were noticed by the adults in Kelsey's family. The Oklahoma Department of Human Services began "closely observing" Kelsey. Kelsey's mother took her to the doctor to see if she had a medical condition that caused her to bruise easily. It was believed that Kelsey was being abused, but no one knew who was hurting her.
It was believed that the abuse was going on in the home of Kelsey's mother and her step-father. Kelsey was put into the home of her paternal grandmother, Kathie. Kelsey's father was often away in the army, so he wasn't there much. Kelsey's mother was still given supervised visitation with Kelsey.
Kelsey's mother fully cooperated with DHS. She took the courses and went through the evaluation that was required for her in order for her to get custody of Kelsey back. Kathie still seemed to suspect that Raye or Michael was the culprit. Every time she would see Kelsey, she would undress her and photograph any injuries she saw so she would have evidence of the possible abuse. Kelsey also began self-mutilating by biting herself. Her hair also thinned to the point that she had a bald spot on her head. 
In April of 2005, Kelsey was brought to the hospital with two broken legs. She was taken into state care. During this time, Kelsey was allowed observed visitations with family members. She was observed telling her dolls, "You're in time out", and "Baby not nice". She was also seen telling her mother, "Daddy Mike hurt my head." Kelsey's mother told her that Michael couldn't have because she hadn't been able to see Michael for some time.
Eventually, the judge handling Kelsey's case gave her back to her mother and step-father. On October 11, 2005, Kelsey's caseworker had visited her home. She found nothing wrong with Kelsey's environment. Kelsey was watching one of her favorite movies, "Stuart Little 2". She and her mother were the only ones home, as Michael was at work, and Kelsey's seven year old step-sister was at school. When the caseworker left, Kelsey was playing with a turtle she had found in the yard. 
After the caseworker left, Kelsey took a nap with her mother. She was wearing only a long T-Shirt because she was in the process of potty training and her mother only had a few pull-ups left. Kelsey's mother woke up to find that Michael had come home from work. Raye left to go pick up his daughter from school, leaving Kelsey, still asleep, with Michael.
When Raye came back, Kelsey was being loaded into an ambulance. Michael Porter had called Raye's mother, Gayla, earlier and told her, "Something's wrong with Kelsey. She won't wake up." Gayla told him to call 911 and the rushed to the house to try and help Kelsey. She tried to get Kelsey to wake up, but was unsuccessful. 
As Kelsey was being loaded into the ambulance, it was noticed that she was now wearing a pull-up. When asked about this, Michael Porter said he put one on her because he "didn't want people thinking things". Kelsey was pronounced dead at the hospital. Her cause of death was blunt force trauma to her abdomen. It was learned that Kelsey was also sexually assaulted.
Michael Porter was charged with sexual assault and first-degree murder. In 2007, he plead guilty to enabling child abuse and was sentenced to thirty years in prison. This was part of a plea deal offered by the Briggs family. Raye Smith was convicted of enabling child abuse as well, and she was sentenced to twenty-seven years. Some people believe she was wrongfully convicted, though others do not.

Teigan Peters

Teigan Amiah Peters
March 25, 2006 - June 22, 2009
Teigan Peters was the daughter of Ryan Peters and Tisha Brown. Teigan was a happy and silly little girl. She liked "The Wiggles" and nursery rhymes. She liked singing, dancing, and Tinkerbelle.  Teigan's parents had separated in 2007, but Ryan continued to try and be involved in Tisha's life. There was a great amount of tension between Tisha, Ryan, and Tisha's new boyfriend. Teigan spent one week with her mother, then one with her father, switching off every Friday. Sometimes they even met at police stations to hand off Teigan, because tensions were so high.
On Friday, June 19, Tisha went to pick up Teigan from her daycare, but she was not there. Tisha filed a police report and tried to find out where Teigan was, knowing that she was with her father somewhere. Ryan had turned off his phone and nobody could contact him. 
On Sunday, Father's Day, Ryan called his father and was talking about suicide. His father quickly told the police. Later in the evening, Ryan called Tisha and allowed Teigan to talk to her on the phone. They got to talk for several minutes. Teigan told her mother that she wanted to go home. Tisha told Teigan to ask her father to take her home. Teigan answered that she couldn't because they were camping. Teigan sang a song to her mother, and her mother told her that she loved her before the call was ended.
Not long after midnight, Ryan and Teigan's bodies were found inside of a vehicle. They both had gunshot wounds. Inside the vehicle, "goodbye letters" were also found, dated the day before. It was determined that Ryan had shot Teigan and then himself, ending both of their lives. 

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Emma Aljaabari

Emma Jordan Aljaabari
April 1, 2002 - November 14, 2006

Emma was a very beautiful and happy little girl. Her parents were Wael and Alma Aljaabari. She had two sisters named Claire and Kais. Emma passed away as a result of a car accident.

Danielle Albrecht

Danielle Marie Albrecht
June 30, 2000 - June 23, 2004

Danielle was a beautiful little girl who never failed to make those around her laugh and smile. Danielle loved being sang to and read to. When Danielle's little sister was born, Danielle would sing to her too when she cried. Danielle passed away on June 23, 2004 after her step-mother left her in a house fire. Danielle, only a small child, tried her best to get out of the house, and she was found just six feet from the door. She had passed out due to smoke inhalation. She also had burns, but the doctor informed her family that she had only taken a few breaths of smoke before she passed out, so it was likely that she didn't suffer as she could have. Danielle was flown to the hospital where they tried to revive her, but it didn't work. The man who managed to pull her out of the fire told her family that, although she was passed out, it looked like she was smiling and she truly looked like an angel leaving earth. 

Chelsie Akers

Chelsie Akers
June 12, 1993 - December 2, 2003

Chelsie passed away suddenly at the age of ten years. Her parents adopted her and described it as "the best decision we ever made". When Chelsie was ten months old, she had a seizure that lasted forty-seven minutes. This began Chelsie's journey with quite a few medical problems. When she was two years old, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Chelsie never spoke in words like many children do, but she was very good at getting her point across. She had twin brothers named Jason and Josh and they loved her so much. Her sister, Tammy, also became very close to her. I cannot find information about how Chelsie passed away specifically.

Mia Ashmore

Mia Payne Ashmore
February 19, 2004 - August 31, 2007

Mia was a happy and beautiful little girl. In September of 2006, when Mia was just two years old, she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma Stage 4. Neuroblastoma Stage 4 is a form of childhood cancer. It is very vicious and often lethal. Mia stayed very brave throughout her battle. Despite her bravery, Mia lost her battle with this cancer just under a year after her diagnosis. 

Santos Arreola

Santos Christian Arreola
June 25, 2003 - May 16, 2012

Santos Christian Arreola was born on June 25, 2003 to Alfredo Arreola and Leticia DeCaigny. He also had a loving step-father named Ryan DeCaigny. He had two sisters named Araceli and Anahi. He had a contagious laugh and loved life. Santos passed away after fighting against a form of brain tumor called medulloblastoma.

Ida Arra

Ida Arra

This beautiful little girl is named Ida Arra. I cannot find any information about her, other than this picture that was linked to a "Find a Grave" memorial that has been deleted. 

Ryan Arnold

Ryan Washington Arnold
March 3, 2007 - August 10, 2012

Ryan Washington Arnold was born on March 3, 2007 to Chad and Rebecca Arnold. On January 23, 2012, Ryan was diagnosed with an incurable brain stem tumor called DIPG. The doctors told his parents that Ryan had about nine to eighteen months to live. His parents decided to do a drug clinical trial as well as radiation therapy. These wouldn't cure Ryan, but they would help slow down the progression of the tumor.

They participated in the clinical drug trial for seven weeks. Ryan had to be sedated for this, which caused a lot of issues for him. He couldn't eat or drink before being sedated, and this would make him agitated. It was also very traumatizing to him overall. After six weeks of this treatment, his parents received amazing news. His tumor had shrunk. This was short lived, however, because soon afterwards, Ryan started experiencing the symptoms again.

Ryan had to go through another MRI that revealed that his brain had swelled due to radiation therapy. This was a normal side effect of radiation, but it still meant that his steroid dosage had to be increased, which meant that Ryan would become even more irritable. It also showed that his tumor was not growing, which was good news. 

Around July 16, 2012, Ryan's symptoms began worsening. An MRI showed that the tumor was growing again. It was growing at a quicker rate than before, and it was more aggressive. There weren't really any options at this point to help Ryan. They did have the option to try a drug that was not guaranteed to work, but that may work. They had the option to put Ryan through that drug with hopes that it would work, or to focus on keeping him comfortable. 

Every day after this, his symptoms got even worse. He could no longer use his right hand very well. He started to trip over his feet and fall down often. Ryan peacefully passed away on August 10, 2012 just after his loving sister, Ellie, hugged him and told him she loved him. 

Cameron Arnold

Cameron Dale Arnold
July 8, 2004 - May 1, 2010

Cameron Dale Arnold was born on July 8, 2004 to Brian and Janice Arnold. He had two siblings named Christine and Kyle. Cameron passed away when he was five years old after battling a brain tumor for almost three years. 

Annmarie Arango

Annmarie Arango
July 15, 2009 - May 18, 2012

All I can find about this beautiful little girl is that she passed away due to Acute Myleoid Leukemia when she was almost three years old.

Georgiana Antonopoulos

Georgiana Eleni Antonopoulos
December 21, 1992 - November 26, 2000
Georgiana was described as being fearless, selfless, kind, and vibrant. On June 4, 1999, when Georgiana was six years old and in kindergarten, she started complaining about pain in her arm. Her mother didn't see this as alarming. She was an active child, and her mother assumed that Georgiana had probably hurt herself when she was playing.
One day, the nurse called Georgiana's mother from school and explained that Georgiana was in tears from her pain. Her mother went to the school and got Georgiana and took her to the pediatrician. He examined her arm, but he couldn't see or feel anything wrong. When he did touch a specific area, Georgiana jumped. They had an x-ray, and after the x-ray, the doctor asked them to come back the next day for an MRI.
After the MRI was finished, Georgiana was told to go to a Children's Hospital as soon as possible. They had seen something on Georgiana's bone, but they were not sure what it was and they wanted it to be checked by a specialist. They were told to go to the emergency room. This is where Georgiana's mother was told that Georgiana's arm had a tumor and it was cancerous.

Georgiana was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma. The next day Georgiana had to go through a biopsy. After the surgery, it was found that Georgiana didn't have Ewing's Sarcoma, but she did have Pre-B Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. One of the possible side effects for Georgiana's treatment was developing a second cancer. Georgiana began chemotherapy in June of 1999.

On July 1, 1999, Georgiana got a fever and an infection that caused her to have to stay at the hospital for ten days. During that stay, Georgiana lost most of her hair. This devastated her. Even so, she was courageous. She and her mother went out and bought several hats for her to wear, but she didn't like them because they were itchy. She opted not to wear them, but then people stared at her. Her mother explained that they were only staring because they were curious, but Georgiana was still a bit upset by it.

Georgiana  was hospitalized several times throughout December of 1999 due to fevers and infections cause by chemotherapy. When January came, she only had to have chemotherapy once a month instead of once a week. Her hair was coming back and she didn't have to go to the hospital nearly as much. She was feeling so much better and got to go on her Make A Wish trip to Disney World in April of 2000.

Georgiana was now in first grade, and she loved it. She was very intelligent and her classmates loved her, and she loved them. She completely first grade and then it was summer, which was Georgiana's favorite time of the year. The family planned many trips to the beach, which was one of Georgiana's favorite places. On June 28, 2000, Georgiana went through more scans and it was confirmed that she was still in remission.

In July, Georgiana got another fever, so she was back in the hospital, though doctors assured that she was fine. She had a small case of pneumonia, but it was not serious. Eventually she got to go home again, but after a few weeks, her mother noticed that Georgiana was sleeping a lot more than usual and she had a few odd bruises. Georgiana even asked, "Is my cancer back because I am tired a lot and this is not my normal tired?"

 Her mother called the clinic and told them that she was concerned. They went in for a monthly visit in August and were told that Georgiana was fine. The bruises were getting worse though, and Georgiana's mother took her back to the clinic. Georgiana got blood work on July 31, 2000. This confirmed that Georgiana had relapsed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

Georgiana needed to have two rounds of intense chemotherapy that would be followed by a bone marrow transplant. After the first round of chemotherapy, they checked to see if the chemotherapy was helping her at all. It wasn't. They still started the second round of chemotherapy since, with other patients, sometimes the second round helped when the first round did not.

Unfortunately, the second round of chemotherapy also didn't help. Georgiana's body also had developed Multi-Drug Resistance. The only other option was an experimental drug called Immunotherapy. The chances of this drug working were very, very low. Georgiana had one dose of this, and it proved to not help her either.

At the end of October 2000, Georgiana's family was given the news that Georgiana had less than one year to live. The chemotherapy had dropped Georgiana's blood counts to zero, and there was no way to get it back up. This meant that her body would not be able to fight back against any infections. She was placed in Palliative Care. Her family took her home.

Georgiana was in a lot of pain, and she was put on a morphine pump. Georgiana's nurse arranged for her to go to an N'Sync concert. Georgiana was even allowed to meet the members of the band. Georgiana felt very sick that day, but she still got to go and meet the members. Although she felt sick, she was very happy to go and meet them, as she was a big fan.

On November 14, 2000, Georgiana woke up and said, "Mommy, I want to go to the hospital. I don't feel right." Her mother took her to the hospital and it was found that she had double pneumonia, as well as fluid in her stomach. The doctors put her on antibiotics and increased her morphine because she was in even more pain.

Georgiana's mother talked to her about her feelings about what was happening. Her mother asked if she was scared, She said yes. She asked if Georgiana was afraid to die, and Georgiana said no. Her mother asked what she was afraid of then, and Georgiana replied, "Mommy, if I die then I will not see you for a really long time until you die and I will miss you so much." Her mother told her that she would always see her from Heaven.

Georgiana said she was also afraid because she told her family that she would always fight. Her mother told her that she was fighting and that she would never disappoint her family. Around this time, tests came back and it was revealed that this was the huge infection that would probably end Georgiana's life. She had about two weeks to live.

Georgiana's pain continued to get worse, so her morphine kept increasing as well so she could be comfortable. Her parents had an early birthday party for her. She loved her birthday party. On Thanksgiving, Georgiana insisted that they go to her grandparents' house as they had originally planned. The hospital gave them a pass so they could go, but just a few hours after they got there, Georgiana wanted to go back to the hospital.

They went back to the hospital and Georgiana slept for the rest of the night. The next morning, Georgiana's care team said they expected she only had a day or two left. Georgiana woke up and said that she wanted to go on a walk to the gift shop to get some juice. This really surprised her mother. She went on several walks that day, and then went back to lay down. She asked "Guys, can I tell you something?" Of course, everyone said yes, and she said "I love you all." She then went to sleep. Her parents weren't sure if she'd ever wake back up.

She did end up waking up. She woke up and wanted to go to the bathroom. She went and then came back and laid down again. She became unconscious within a few hours. It is believed that she could still hear though, as when her mother talked to her, she'd squeeze her hand. Georgiana still held on, and her mother told her that it was okay to let go. Eventually, Georgiana opened her eyes, looked at her mother, and took her last breath.

Henry Anderson

Henry Morgan Anderson
June 23, 2006 - November 2, 2009

Henry was born on June 23, 2006 to Darrin and Sarah Anderson. He had one brother named Jack. Henry loved visiting the zoo, which was something he did very often. He loved watching all the animals be fed and cared for. He also really enjoyed putting together a puzzle that was the map of the United States. Each state had a picture of an animal on it. Henry would put all the pieces exactly where they were supposed to go, name the animal on the pieces, and imitate the animals.

Henry also loved reading. One of his favorite books was "If You Give a Moose a Muffin". He also liked it when stories were made up and he was one of the characters in the story. He was a big fan of "Star Wars", and he really loved "Mickey Mouse" too. 

Henry's parents always suspected that he wasn't completely healthy. Doctors always dismissed their concerns and thought that Henry was completely fine. One day, Henry had a very high fever. His parents were worried about him and they took him to the emergency room. Henry died on November 2, 2009. He was three years old, and nobody had any idea why he had passed away.

Henry's father began researching any possible condition that Henry could have had. He made a list and took it back to the doctors. They assured him that he was wrong, but they did agree to run blood tests on Jack, Henry's younger brother, as he had some of the same symptoms that Henry had. Henry's father believed that the boys had Crohn's Disease. 

To everyone's surprise, Henry and Jack did not have Crohn's disease. They actually had a rare variation of the autoimmune disease known as XLA, which had eventually lead to Henry's death.

Henry's collage

Alycia Allende

Alycia Aurora-Marie Allende
August 31, 2006 - June 22, 2012

Alycia was diagnosed with a brain tumor in April of 2011 when she was just five years old. She went through chemotherapy and radiation before she passed away. That is as much information I can find about this beautiful little girl.
Alycia's collage