Kaelyn Serene Bray
August 2, 2006 - March 1, 2010
Kaelyn Bray was a happy little girl who loved bright colors, especially pink. She was always playing, smiling, and laughing. She especially loved doing these things with her brother. She was a big fan of Tinkerbell, and she liked puzzles. She also liked being fashionable and was often seen dressed in shoes and sunglasses that she thought were pretty, along with purses that she enjoyed.
Kaelyn was three years old when she passed away. At the time, her mother, Jessica Bray, was dating a man named Jerimie Hicks. On February 26, 2011, Jerimie called 911 saying that Kaelyn had fallen down the stairs and hit her head against the wall. By the time help arrived, Kaelyn was barely breathing. She had dried blood coming from her nose, and because of this, it was clear that Jerimie had not immediately called for help when Kaelyn had been injured.
When Kaelyn arrived at the hospital, she was in critical condition. She was eventually pronounced brain dead, and she passed away three days after being brought to the hospital. Jerimie had told Kaelyn's mother, Jessica, that the family's puppy had knocked Kaelyn down the stairs. When he was questioned about the dent that was left in the wall, he said that he had thrown the puppy into the wall, even though he had told the 911 dispatcher that the dent in the wall was because Kaelyn had hit the wall when she fell.
Investigators determined that Kaelyn's injuries could not have been caused by a fall down the stairs. They questioned Jerimie about this, and he eventually admitted that Kaelyn had been fussy that day, and he had gotten frustrated with her. He said that he shoved her into the wall on purpose, and that she had not fallen down the stairs.
Jerimie had attempted to have his mother help him cover up the evidence. He asked her to take the clothing he was wearing when he abused Kaelyn. They had Kaelyn's blood and hair on them. She accidentally took the wrong uniform. Jerimie discussed this with her over the phone, and this was later used as evidence that Jerimie had tampered with evidence.
Jerimie was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to one hundred years in prison. He was also found guilty of tampering with evidence and was sentenced to an additional five years of prison.