Balloon release planned to honor Baby Brianna

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The little girl that has become a poster child for child abuse in New Mexico would have turned 12-years-old Friday.

In honor of Baby Brianna, and in an effort to bring awareness to the continuing problem of child abuse, balloons will be released in both in Albuquerque and Dona Ana Friday afternoon.

Briana was just 5-months-old when she died in a horrific case of rape and abuse at the hands of her own family.

Her death spurred a change in the law with a mandatory a life sentence for those convicted of intentional child abuse resulting in the death of children between the ages of 12 and 18.

This session, Curry County Representative Anna Crook is proposing a bill removing the age restriction.

Negligent child abuse resulting in death carries a sentence of 18 years.

Baby Brianna’s abusers got a much lighter sentence; her mother is scheduled to be released in 2016.

Crook’s bill has passed one committee is now in the hands of another. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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