Stephanie Lopez, Andrew Walters, and Steven Lopez
Some people are not good enough for hell and deserve more, point in case Stephanie Lopez, Andy Walters (her husband), and Steven Lopez (her twin brother). Stephanie and Andy had a beautiful baby girl named Brianna (picture to the left) on Valentine’s day 2002, Brianna was born premature. Brianna and her 18 month old brother all shared a room with the three adults in Andy’s Mother’s trailer in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
On July 19, 2002 Emergency services were called about a baby who was unresponsive following a reported fall from her highchair. Little did they know they were about to walk in on one of the worst cases of child abuse in the city!
On July 18 Andy Walters stopped to buy a case of beer and headed home to drink with his wife and brother in law. The three adults admitted to playing with the baby and then Stephanie fell asleep after three beers in the same room in which the boys continues to play with five month old Brianna.
Andy and Steven decided it would be fun to toss the baby in the air only the forgot to catch Brianna two times as she slammed into the ground and hit her head off the ceiling three times, Andy said that Brianna was awake and crying after this.
At 12:30 am Andy fell asleep without knowing where Brianna was and states that at 3 am he awoke and put in her bouncy chair with a baby blanket. At 7 a.m., Brianna needed a diaper change.
Stephanie Lopez asked about the bruises on Brianna, and according to court documents, Walters admitted that he and Steven Lopez “played a little rough with her”.
Walters changed the diaper and took a baby wipe, wrapped it around his index finger and inserted it into Brianna’s anus up to his SECOND knuckle! He said when he pulled his finger out, there was a little blood on it. At 10 am Stephanie checked on Brianna and finally noticed something was wrong and called 911, Andy started CPR and was reported to have been puking as well.
At 11:10 am Baby Brianna died at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces.
Medical examiners that did Baby Brianna’s autopsy noted over a dozen human bite marks and massive bruising to her little body at various healing stages, lacerations to her tiny toes and fingers, broken ribs endured in her 4-5 month of life which would have caused her great pain when she was picked up, A broken arm and leg which is referred to as a bucket break because it looks like a bucket handle and is from being jerked up fast hard movement, lacerations to her anus and vagina, new and old bleeding on her brain which means she was shaken violently not once but twice!
Now you have to remember that this child was only FIVE MONTHS OLD. Little Brianna never saw a day without pain, didn’t know that life could be beautiful, and fun, and pleasant. These three sons of bitches used her a a personal playtoy, something to take their daily frustrations out on.
There were no pictures taken of Brianna during her short life. The only pictures taken were from her autopsy one which the medical examiner tried to clean up to show how truly precious she was. Here’s a link to a collection of some of those pictures, along with the original autopsy photo’s:
In Police interviews Andy Walters admitted to digitally raping his 5 month old daughter, throwing her in the air and not catching her and hitting her head, and biting her. Andy also said that he was not the only family member to have bitten Brianna and that Stephanie often bit and pinched Brianna when she was stressed out as well as, throwing her 2 feet into her bouncy chair.
Steven Lopez admitted to throwing Brianna as well and to raping her. At first he said he didn’t remember starting the acts but stopping them because he knew they were wrong and then remembered starting them later.
Stephanie said she was a heavy sleeper and didn’t hear her baby’s helpless screams that night thus not waking up,
Sure Steffy, we believe you, especially since you had already admitted you woke up at 12:30 when Andy came to bed! If you’re going to lie, please try to do a better job of keeping your story straight.
On September 23, 2003 Trial began in Albuquerque, NM Superior Court. The Three Stooges were tried together, a fact which would come back to haunt the prosecution. All three were found guilty: Andy Walker was sentenced to 57 years for sexually abusing and causing the death of Briana due to abuse and neglect. Steven Lopez, Brianna’s Uncle, received 51 years for the same charges.
And Mother dearest, loving mommy, she got just 27 years for child abuse and neglect resulting in death. It seems the Jury decided that she was not guilty of intentional abuse since she did not inflict the abuse but had only allowed it to take place. ONLY ALLOWED IT TO TAKE PLACE!! Jesus Christ, can somebody explain to me how that lessens her responsibility. As far as I’m concerned, she as guilty as if she took a .357 magnum and shot Brianna right between the eyes.
But wait folks, it gets worse. In 2006, lawyers for the Three Stooges filed an Appeal with the New Mexico Supreme Court, complaining that because the three defendants had been tried together, and also had provided evidence against one another, their right to cross examine their accusers has been violated. The Justices agreed, and overturned all three defendant’s convictions.
Later that year, those same Supreme Court Justices decided that in Stephanie’s case, the violation of her civil rights did not prevent her from getting a fair trial, and her conviction was reinstated. Andy and Steven, however, are still awaiting retrial.
Meanwhile, Brianna is still dead, buried in the ground. The fresh fractures that were present the day she died still haven’t healed, and they never will. No one will ever be able to comfort her for the pain she suffered at the hands of the people who should have been the closest to her. Where is her appeal? What court does she go to to get her satisfaction? Are there Justices available to overturn the last day of her shitty life? Will they vacate her death and give her her life back!?
Thanks to Jessica for the original idea and info.
UPDATE 05/14/2009 – Petition For The Legal Removal Of The Metal Cage And Proper Burial Of Brianna Lopez
Preamble Of Petiton:
Baby Brianna Lopez was 5 months old when she died as result of prolonged abuse and sexual assault at the hands of her father, uncle and mother. Brianna Lopez’ family were sentenced to prison for their crime. No one laid claim to this baby’s body after she had died so the community of Las Cruces came forward to lay claim to Brianna and honor her at her funeral.
Brianna’s remaining family held a small and quick burial in a private cemetery, excluding other family members. No headstone was placed at her grave, only a marker was placed on the site then the burial mound raked flat. People of the community came to honor this baby by laying flowers. As the family wanted her death to be quiet they ordered a metal cage be placed over the burial site to discourage people from honoring her. The cage has surrounded baby Brianna’s resting place for seven years. Unfortunately the family has maintained this and it is their right as it is a private cemetery.
This petition will go towards helping the District Attorney of New Mexico in achieving what baby Brianna Lopez is entitled to, the removal of the cage and a proper burial with a headstone.
Also, I found a Facebook Memorial Page to Brianna – You can view it by Clicking Here.
Do Stephanie Lopez, Andy Walters, and Steven Lopez deserve Hell?
- Yes (97%, 1,648 Votes)
- No (3%, 46 Votes)
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