taken to the hospital, Doctors were told
that he had fallen down a
flight of stairs that had only six steps and
that he had hurt his head.
Melissa Brittle, who was one of Robert's
caretakers, brought him to the
hospital on September 5 and he was in very
bad shape. Doctors
discovered that Robert had many more
injuries and none of them were
consistent with a child who had fallen down
a short flight of stairs.
Sadly, Robert's biological mother had given
him to her stepfather,
Raymond Brittle and his wife Melissa, to
take care of, they didn't do
their job and Robert ended up dying at their
Living in the home with these two monsters
were Robert and four other
children between the ages of five months and
15 years old, three boys
and and one girl and all are listed as being
cared for by Melissa.
After Robert's death, all of those children
were removed from the home
and they were reported to show no signs of
abuse. Robert had not been
so lucky and suffered fractures to his skull
as well as lacerations,
being beaten with a belt, having his teeth
brushed with a wire BBQ
cleaning brush, having his body kicked and
being lifted up by his head.
The day he died from being beaten, he had
refused to eat dinner.
The Sheriff's Office started a homicide
investigation and Raymond
Matthew Brittle was arrested and charged
with first and second degree
murder and was being held without bail:
admitted to his
wife that he lost control"
- States Attorney
Raymond and Melissa had only been the
caregivers for Robert for about
six months. Assistant Public Defender Kevin
Young was given the case
and managed to get a $750,000. bail for
Raymond after the initial bail
denial. While Raymond had at least had the
decency to look "sad" in his
mug shot, Melissa has a smirk on her face
that makes a person want to
slap her. Raymond was arrested and
charged with first and second
degree child abuse while Melissa was
arrested and charged with second
degree child abuse and being an accessory to
Reports said that Raymond had become upset
when Robert refused to eat
his dinner and he had whipped him with a
belt, shaken by his head and
kicked him so hard that his head had been
bashing into the cabinets.
Melissa was in the room at the time and she
just kept washing the
one point she said
she had to leave the room because it
became so bad"
- Assistant State's Attorney
Melissa was the one who took Robert to the
hospital and told them that
he had fallen down the stairs. The Sheriff's
Office said that Melissa
had lied to cover up the abuse because she
was afraid to be arrested.
Melissa agreed to call Raymond and allow the
conversation to be
did you do it to
were right there when I did everything.
You said he needed his a**
Though the other children in the home had
been told to lie about what
happened, interviews were still taking
definitely corporal punishment
going on, but we don't know for sure to
extent. The children
were pretty confused after being
prompted so much from
parents. From what
we know, the little boy had been taking
the brunt of it starting
month before he
was killed. The level of abuse had
become a daily thing"
Robert had been given to his step
grandfather by his biological mother
about six months before his death. Tammy
Leache wanted Melissa's bail
to increase from $350,000., not wanting her
to get out, but since she
didn't have a job, Tammy wasn't worried that
she would raise bail.
Public Defender Kevin Young thought that
since Melissa didn't have a
criminal past, her bail should be lowered:
did cooperate with
the Police. Insight into the case came
from her. She's trying
way to establish an income"
District Judge Janice Ambrose left the bail
in the current amount:
severity of this case. You can't hardly
get worse charges than this"
In November of
Matthew Brittle, who was by then 40 years
old, plead guilty to first
and second degree child abuse resulting in
death in a deal where the
murder charges were dropped. Raymond was
facing 55 years in prison and
would be sentenced in February of 2015.
Melissa Dawn Brittle, who was 37 years old
at the time, also plead
guilty to first degree child abuse resulting
in death after being
charged for not protecting Robert and she
was facing 20 years in prison
and would be sentenced in January of 2015.
It came out that the remaining children in
the home had been told to
lie to Police and other authorities and say
that Robert had fallen down
Thank you to the anonymous person who sent
me this story.
I was sent a link to a Facebook page for
Melissa Brittle, on the page
are pictures of what COULD
Robert. I am going to be adding them
below and if anyone has information showing
that they are NOT
please let me know. Melissa's Facebook page
has pictures of several
children and this is the youngest on the
page other than the baby
pictures like what I have above as Robert's
On her Facebook page Melissa tells people
that a six month old baby and
Robert are her adopted grandsons and she
lists her job as:
care of my family
at: StayHomeMom April 10, 1998 to present.
I think she failed miserably at her "job".
Thank you goes out to Maria who allows us to
see what Robert looked
like before he died.
March 23, 2105
In March of 2015, I was once again staring
at the face of Melissa Brittle in her mug
shot, looking smug and not one bit sorry for
the death of a child. Melissa's Lawyer, Mary
Drawbaugh was in court saying that Melissa
had been a victim on domestic violence at
the hands of Raymond Brittle, that Raymond
was the monster in this case. Melissa had
been set to testify against Raymond,
however, he plead gulity and avoided a
trial. Melissa had filed for divorce and
when Raymond had not responded, the divorce
was automatically granted.
Mary Drawbaugh was asking for leniency for
Melissa stating that she had been
rehabilitated since being in jail and that
she had cooperated during the investigation.
Mary Drawbaugh was asking for the lower end
of the sentencing scale which would have
been 12 to 20 years. State Attorney, Charlie
Smith asked that she receive a sentence of
Judge William R. Nicklas Jr. held up a
picture of Robert and said:
him and it's his live that we're talking
Judge Nicklas added that he thinks domestic
violence is a serious problem, however, he
could not put aside Melissa's failure to act
and the text messages that had been shown in
court. Melissa was sentenced to 40 years in
prison, with 20 of that suspended and she
would be on probation for five years after
her release. Jennifer Ann Ward spoke up
after the sentencing and said:
will never be enough because you
sentenced our two year
grandson to death"
Also in March of 2015 Raymond Matthew
Brittle was 40 years old when he was
sentenced to 40 in prison. Margaret Teahan,
his Lawyer, had tried to give the image that
he was a "dim-witted alcoholic" with bottled
up rage about the abuse he had suffered at
the hands of his own father.
Judge G. Edward Dwyer spoke about how
Raymond's own son had testified about the
abuse Robert had suffered every week since
he had first moved into the home in 2013
adding that the abused had escalate and
become more frequent in the few weeks before
has to be one of the most horrendous, if
not the most horrendous
of child abuse I've ever seen. This is
just mind boggling"
Raymond was given 55 years though 15 years
was suspended and he was going to have to
serve at least 20 years, only half of the 40
before he would be eligible for parole.
Jennifer Ann Ward, Grandmother of Robert had
begged the court for the maximum sentence
and with tears in her eyes said to Raymond:
pray in prison there is a bully bigger
and badder than you"
like to think that Jennifer was speaking
out of anger and that in her heart, she
could never wish harm on anyone, even
the man who killed her grandchild.
Thank you goes out to Betty for sending me