5, 1998 - March 21, 2000
A Grave Memorial
in Oklahoma to a mother
who didn't deserve
her, Skyla Brooks came into the world on June 5, 1998 and would leave
than she should have, on March 21, 2000, just a couple of months before
she would have turned two years old.
were not meant
to stay together forever. When the relationship ended, Tammy Renee
had no problem moving on with her life and that included moving in with
a new man. That man, Kurt Vomberg Jr., would be a huge mistake. It was
obvious that Kurt was more important to Tammy then her own daughter.
seems to be a terrible pattern that repeats with single mothers, all
to notice the abuse of Skyla and Robyn Brooks, her grandmother, tried
to get Skyla taken away from Tammy. There seemed to be nothing that
could do to
make that happen. The last
had seen Skyla, February 16, 2000, Robyn said that Skyla was alert and
playful. She had been trying to get DHS to do something about the abuse
and was no successful:
‘‘I do not think DHS
as much as they could have been, but I also believe DHS
workers have too heavy
of a load.
‘‘Grandparents also do not have enough say so. Those
two things worked
and cost her her life"
Vomberg had called
to his home stating that Skyla had
been choking and he
pretty hard in an effort to save her.
Creek County Sheriff,
"but the doctor said
that's not possible"
abuse suffered by Skyla
in her short
life included being smacked so hard on the forehead, that it left
marks. Skyla had been bitten over most of her body, had broken bones
old and new. Skyla was also burned with a cigarette and had bruise and
torn skin as a result of having been sexually assaulted.
is a picture I HATE
on this page. I made a decision that if ONE parent looks at
kinds of pictures and decides that the life of their child is more
than a new boyfriend or girlfriend, then it is worth putting them on
pages. I asked myself, how could ANY parent allow this to
to their child. Then the answer came to me, there is no way a parent
allow this to happen to their child. Sadly, some people are able to
babies and give birth to them, that does NOT make them a
Parents are people who nurture, love and care for their children, they
do NOT allow bad things to happen to them if it is in their
to stop them from happening.
official cause of
Skyla's death is
listed as Shaken Baby Syndrome.
"They let me hold her
died. I sang three of her favorite nursery songs to her
before she passed away
in my arms"
Kurt Arnold Vomberg Jr., who
was 30 years
old at the time and Tammy Renee Brooks, who was 27 at the time, were
and held in the Creek County jail on first degree murder and lewd
charges in connection with Skyla's death. Skyla was pronounced dead at
the Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The time was 6:25 p.m.
the day was March 21, 2000. It had only been 24 hours since she was
to the hospital.
Vomberg Jr. plead no
contest to second
degree murder and child abuse. His sentence for violently killing Skyla
was a measly 35 years in prison. Tammy Renee Brooks received 20 years
prison for child neglect. It's disgusting that these two will be free
day while Skyla and those who actually LOVED her will be in a
for the rest of their lives.
by: Staff Reports
Thursday, April 03, 2008
-- A child-abuse
is set for noon Thursday at the Creek County Court- house gazebo, 222
as part of Child Abuse
Month, the program will feature speakers, literature, balloons, clowns
and a special appearance by Pawnee Bill and his horse.
keynote speaker will be
of Oklahoma City, whose daughter Sydney was a shaken infant and now has
a memory quilt/banner
in hon- or
of Skyla Brooks will be presented to her grandmother Robyn Brooks.
was 21 months old
when she died in
Creek County in 2000 from "Shaken Baby Syndrome" because of abuse
by her mother's boyfriend.
Vomberg Jr. is serving
a prison term
for second-degree murder.
toddler's mother, Tammy
serving a prison sentence for child neglect.
the event of rain,
will be moved inside the courthouse, into one of the courtrooms,
to Becky Bland, one of the event's co-chairwomen.
By GINNIE GRAHAM World
grandmother of a child
who died of
abuse speaks out for the victims.
Brooks wore her
on her lapel and fought back tears when she spoke of her death.
Brooks, 21 months
old, died in March
2000 from head injuries caused by violent shaking or blunt force. She
had bite marks on her scalp and knuckle bruises on her forehead.
who is Skyla's paternal grandmother. "After Skyla died and I was at the
Child Abuse Network, they just let me talk. It was at that time I
how much child abuse we have going on."
is Child Abuse
Awareness and Prevention
Month, and advocates came together Friday at the Tulsa County Juvenile
Center to remind the public of Oklahoma's dire statistics.
Oklahoma, 51 children
died last year
from abuse and neglect, the highest number of deaths in a decade. A
number of foster children -- more than 7,500 -- are in state's care.
Skyla's slaying, Kurt
the mother's boyfriend, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder and
child abuse and received a 35-year prison term. Tammy Renee Brooks, the
child's mother, received a 20-year sentence for child neglect.
said child abuse and
unlike other causes because of its far-reaching effects. She plans to
next year and devote herself full-time to child advocacy.
most people, we knew
happens, but until it happens to you, it's hard to understand," Brooks
said. "It's my passion to make this real to other people. The public
to understand and look at this issue."
Chief Judge Doris
Fransein said her docket is filled with youth who have childhood
sympathy for abused
and neglected children, but expresses fear and aversion of our
children and are willing to lock them away," Fransein said. "These kids
are one and the same."
abused or neglected
as a child increases
the likelihood for arrest as a juvenile by 59 percent. Abused and
children face an increased likelihood of adult criminal behavior by 28
percent and violent crime by 30 percent, according to a national
of Justice study.
many as 80 percent of
young adults who
had been abused met the criteria for at least one psychiatric disorder
by age 21. About 73 percent of prostitutes were sexually abused as
and about 95 percent of child abusers were child-abuse victims,
to the Parent Child Center.
children have more
from suppressed cognitive development and often struggle making
attachments to adults, according to several studies.
direct cost of child
abuse and neglect
in the country is about $24 billion a year, which includes maintaining
a child welfare system, health care and law enforcement.
$69 billion a year is
spent in indirect
costs, which represent the long-term costs such as special education
sense that once the
of child abuse fade away, the public sits back, feeling that child is
being taken care of," Fransein said.
we cannot sit back
until we make sure
that child transitions into adulthood as a productive adult with most
the inflicted injuries healed."
started a campaign
from Heaven to help raise money for the Child Abuse Network, which
investigations through an interdisciplinary approach at one location.
Services and the
Parent Child Center offer counseling and prevention programs. The Court
Appointed Special Advocates serve as the special interest for a child
the request of a court.
has spare change
they can give,"
she said. "Child abuse is a major problem. Anytime there's a change,
a slow change. But this is something we cannot let people forget."
Occurred in the
state of Oklahoma
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