UPDATE 5/21/08 – New charges have been handed down by a grand jury in this case. Heaven Kristina Smith is now being charged with first-degree murder; Corey Bryant is now charged with felony homicide after new evidence was presented to the grand jury yesterday. Please scroll to the bottom of this article for updated information.
Norfolk, VA – Heaven Kristina Smith, 21, is a fat porker who starved her ten-month-old twin daughters. Miracle Grace Bryant died on Tuesday, April 8, and her twin Heaven L. Bryant is in critical condition. Smith’s babydaddy, Corey Alan Bryant, 21, returned from a three-week deployment on Tuesday, arriving at home just in time to call 911. Now both parents are facing neglect charges, and Smith is charged with second-degree murder.
Sources aren’t clear on how long the infant girls were left without food, but Miracle Grace died at DePaul Medical Center at about 9:30 on Tuesday morning. Whether she was dead when she got there is unclear at this time. Little Heaven Bryant was transferred to the Portsmouth Naval Hospital that same day, where she remains critical.
Both Smith and Bryant are Navy sailors. Bryant is assigned to the guided missile cruiser USS Monterey, and had been out on a three-week deployment just before Miracle’s death. He arrived home on Tuesday morning, according to the Navy, and on seeing the children called 911 for help. Smith is assigned to Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base as a ship’s serviceman. Neither parent had requested help from the Navy’s Family Support Services, according to a Navy spokesman.
Miracle’s cause of death has been ruled a homicide by medical and nutritional neglect. Whether that starvation extended longer than the three weeks Corey Bryant was deployed will be very interesting to find out. To me, it kind of looks like a case could be made that Heaven Smith starved the babies while Corey Bryant was gone. Authorities, however, seem to see things differently, and they have charged both parents.
Heaven Kristina Smith is charged with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of felony child neglect. Corey Bryant has been charged with two counts of felony child neglect. After their arraignment on Wednesday, both parents are currently being held at Norfolk City Jail without bond.
UPDATE 5/21/08 – A grand jury handed down new, more severe charges in indictments yesterday against Heaven Kristina Smith and Corey Bryant in the death of one of their daughters.
The grand jury heard evidence that the family’s apartment was “piled up” with over 170 dirty diapers. That’s a lot of diapers. But far more disturbing was the medical evidence in the death of Miracle Grace Bryant, who died April 8 of starvation. Little Miracle, only ten months old, had no body fat at all when she was seen in the hospital the day of her death. None. Zero percent body fat. That goes far beyond inability to get help, or postpartum depression – that’s murder, and it takes a lot longer than a couple of weeks.
The grand jury agreed. Heaven Kristina Bryant is now being charged with first-degree intentional murder in baby Miracle’s death. Corey Bryant, Miracle’s father, is charged with felony homicide, which is a lesser charge that could include reckless homicide.
Their surviving child, Heaven Love Bryant, is in the care of Corey Bryant’s mother.
Heaven Kristina Smith and Corey Bryant remain in jail without bond.Tags: Murder, neglect, Starvation