A five year old little girl who loved vegetable soup, playdough and hugs....
Little Brooklyn was born to loving parents, Sue Ann Griffen and Ronald Holcomb.
At some stage in the relationship things changed. The couple decided they were no longer in love and it was time to go their separate ways. Brooklyn stayed in the custody of her mother.
At some point down the line Ronald Holcomb entered into a new relationship. His new partner was called Tracy Farmer. The couple decided to get married.
The state of West Virginia decided that it would better for Brooklyn to live with her father and step-mother. The reason....It is better for a child to be raised by a married couple rather than a single parent. (I am going to refrain from commenting).
On the morning of the beating that eventually claimed the life of little Brooklyn, she would not eat her breakfast. Ronald decided this was an act that deserved punishment. His twisted mind believes that brutally beating a child is an appropriate form of punishment.
On 1-15-2007 Brooklyn was brought to the emergency room as she was unresponsive. Her pupils were fixed and dilated and she was unresponsive to light. Brooklyn had suffered severe neurological injury.
The PCH E.R that she was admitted to was not equipped to deal with the type of injury that Brooklyn had sustained so they were going to transport her to another facility. While they waited for her transfer an E.R doctor, Dr. Ammar Almehmi, began a secondary examination. At this point he noticed bruises all over this little girls body.
Brooklyn's buttocks looked like raw meat. She had been beaten raw. She was bruised, broken and swollen. She had bruises all over her body, some old, some fresh. She had a hand print on her abdomen and a deep gash on her head. There was also evidence that little Brooklyn had been strangled.
Ronald Holcomb had beaten Brooklyn with wood and with his bare hands. He had beaten her so much that he was missing skin on his hands. He must have had huge feelings of hatred and rage towards his daughter to be able to inflict such horrific injuries on her helpless little daughter.
This beating was also not an isolated event. Brooklyn had been abused for a period of time before she finally succumbed to it.
The sad thing was that all of this was occurring while her biological mother, Sue Ann Griffin, fought to get her back.
Step-Mother, Tracy Farmer has been sentenced to 3-5 years probation after she pled guilty to neglecting little Brooklyn. (i.e NO JAIL TIME??????)
Ronald Holcomb's trial will begin 4-20-2009. Lets hope he does not get off as easily.