BIRTH: June 5, 1998
DEATH: March 21, 2000
Skyla, 21 months, died at the hands of her mother’s boyfriend. Her murderer said he called emergency personnel to his home stating that Skyla had been choking and he shook her pretty hard in an effort to save her, but the doctor said, “That’s not possible”.
Skyla was pronounced dead at the Hillcrest Medical Center in Oklahoma. The time was 6:25 P.M. and the day was March 21, 2000. It had only been 24 hours since she was admitted to the hospital.
The abuse suffered by Skyla included being smacked so hard on the forehead, that it left knuckle marks in the form of bruises. Skyla had been bitten over most of her body, had broken bones both old and new. Skyla was also burned with a cigarette over most of her body; numerous bruises and torn skin as a result of having been sexually assaulted.
The official cause of Skyla’s death is listed as Shaken Baby Syndrome.
The boyfriend, and Skyla mother, Tammy Brooks, were arrested and held in jail on first degree murder and lewd molestation charges in connection with Skyla’s death. The boyfriend was sentenced to 35 years in prison for second degree murder after pleading guilty. Tammy Brooks, Skyla’s mother, was given 20 years for child neglect.
The picture below isn’t a picture that I like to see, much less like to post on this site, however, if it causes one person to wake up and stop trusting these boyfriends and girlfriends with your children alone, or allow them to harm your child for fear you will be alone, then it serves it’s purpose. No child should play second fiddle to a man, or a woman. These are YOUR children, protect them at all cost, even if that means you live your life without a partner in it.
Skyla’s grandmother knew this sweet child was in danger and tried with all her might to save her. She was with Skyla at the hospital when she was taken off life support.
“They let me hold her before she died, I sang three of her favorite nursery songs to her before she passed away in my arms.” ~ Grandmother, Robyn Brooks
Note: There weren’t any news articles on this story on the internet. I found more artcles about the Judge that presided over the case and his misbehavior than I did about precious little Skyla. News media need to get their priorities straight and write about things more important, for instance, Skyla Brooks.