Riley Ann Sawyers
(2005-2007)
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Your Story Is Being Heard....  / Jan Matthews (none)

I just watched Riley's story on ID and am overwhelmed with emotions. I can't imagine going through what this family has gone through.

I truly believe there will be lives saved because of this story being told. Women that are allowing men other than the father to raise their child will realize what can happen and how easily it can get out of control. If one child's life is saved praise God.

I will now think of Riley Sheryl Ann and the rest of the family often and pray for their peace.

Jan Matthews

My heart goes out to you and your family.  / Andrea Greeson (Investigation Discovery Viewer )  Read >>
My heart goes out to you and your family.  / Andrea Greeson (Investigation Discovery Viewer )

My name is Andrea Greeson and I live in Gainesville Georgia I just watched Riley's story on the ID channel and I'm in shock and dismay as to how or why her mother could participate in Riley's death. I couldn't help but to cry and my heart goes out to you and your son. I would like to send you and your family a sympathy card and request a bracelet that you continue to pass out in her memory. I've watched alot of segments on these kind of situations but not one has ever ripped at my heart like Riley's has she was such a beautiful little girl and did not deserve the torture her own mother helped deliver to her. I myself have two children and my husband is their stepfather and I would never allow him to hurt my children in any kind of way Riley's mother should have called 911 or atleast sent her back to live with you and your son. Mei God Bless you in many ways and I will be thinking about this case for the rest of my days on this earth. I will do my part in keeping Riley's Memory alive.

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so sad  / Maggie Bradley (none)  Read >>
so sad  / Maggie Bradley (none)
Hello sweetness I don't know who you are. What I do know is your a beautiful lil girl you remind me of my daughter who's about your age and her name is reylei ann. I sEen your story and it broke my heart. You didn't deserve that. I feel so sorry for your family and their loss of not having you physically in there life.you are such a doll have fun whatever your doingup there ok. Goodbye sweetien hope someday to meet you. Close
STILL IN OUR HEARTS  / Judy Katz (none)  Read >>
STILL IN OUR HEARTS  / Judy Katz (none)

I didn't know Riley Ann or any of her immediate family but her gravesite is nearby where I reside.  I go to her grave site to place flowers angel statues and little books.  I know she is with God but she is still making a big difference here on earth for those who want to help neglected and abused children.

Riley to you I know you are with God and other little ones who are loved more than we can comprehend.  You will never be forgotten by people who only heard of you as "Baby Grace".  You are a grace that was taken so young. 

Mei God comfort those who are still grieving for her.

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STILL IN OUR HEARTS  / Judy Katz (none)  Read >>
STILL IN OUR HEARTS  / Judy Katz (none)

I didn't know Riley Ann or any of her immediate family but her gravesite is nearby where I reside.  I go to her grave site to place flowers angel statues and little books.  I know she is with God but she is still making a big difference here on earth for those who want to help neglected and abused children.

Riley to you I know you are with God and other little ones who are loved more than we can comprehend.  You will never be forgotten by people who only heard of you as "Baby Grace".  You are a grace that was taken so young. 

Mei God comfort those who are still grieving for her.

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Beyond Heartbroken  / Joe Lanno (No Relation )  Read >>
Beyond Heartbroken  / Joe Lanno (No Relation )
Watching that television show was the most painful thing I have ever seen. Although I have no relation and never met you Riley I feel such a pain in my heart as if you were my child and wish I could have been there to stop any one from hurting you. To think of the pain you went through devastates me.
I know you are in a better place right now but wish you were here to play with my 2yr old twins and laugh and enjoy life like a child should. You are a beautiful angel that deserves the best. Know that you have touched all of our hearts and we love you very very much. Close
dmiller@heatbath.com / Diane Miller   Read >>
dmiller@heatbath.com / Diane Miller

To little Rileys Family

 

You do not know me but I just had to write you to tell how much little Riley's story has touched me.  I honestly had never heard about her until I watched her story on TV the other night.  She has touched me so deeply and I have not stopped thinking about her since that night.  I can't even imagine how anyone could do something so horrific to that sweet innocent baby girl.  Especially her own mother.  I have a 3 year old daughter and I cannot even imagine anyone hurting her.  I look at Rileys picture and it truley ripped my heart out to think of what this poor child endured.  I offer my sincerest condolences and prayers to her grandmother and her father and the rest of her family that truly love her.  I cannot even imagine the pain you have been through.  God Bless you and God Bless Riley Ann.

Diane Miller

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never in all my life...  / Leila Momeni   Read >>
never in all my life...  / Leila Momeni
never never in all my life has my heart been filled with such greif and i too thought i was the only one who never knew this baby yet ached so much to only could have just once hugged her and held her little hand. i miss her and nevr knew her .. yet stangley love her as much as though she were my own. My heart goes out to her grandmother and feel an insurmountable ache in my heart since watching the program last night on television my mouth open the whole time it was on.. my blood boiled as i watched that wretch of a mther tell the invetigators what happened and then just tears.. tears that did not stop the entire night i cried until the sun came up.. I crawled into bed with my five year old son and held him and cried and cried and as i write this I am yet crying once again.. If i had one wish in the whole world right now it would be to have been able to have stepped in to save riley..and torture those two evil monsters I know they will rot in hell and Riley is in abetter place where she is beautiful and happy and smiling i have to keep telling myself over and over... that she is in a better place but im having a very hard time.. Close
Touched my heart so deeply  / Julie   Read >>
Touched my heart so deeply  / Julie
I have tears in my eyes as i am seeing this story. It is a very sad thing. I offer my every condolences to you and your family to your beloved beautiful young girl. I give you best wishes with all my heart for this story that touched my soul. God bless Riley God bless you all. Close
Prayers / Lorinda Anderson ((no relation) )  Read >>
Prayers / Lorinda Anderson ((no relation) )
Tears are still rolling down my cheeks as I lay next to my 17m Conrad as he sleeps. I cannot fathom the pain you & your son are going through. Children know not what they r doing is wrong but look to their parents to TEACH not abuse. I am proud of your son for moving on...not to stumble into demons. God Bless your family & strength. <3 Close
My heart is broken  / Jenny Jones (No relation )  Read >>
My heart is broken  / Jenny Jones (No relation )
I just saw the story about Riley on ID and I broke down sobbing. I have a 2-year-old named Ashlynn who looks and sounds a lot like Riley. All I could think was how could anyone harm such a beautiful little girl? Let alone her own mother! That innocent child trusted her mother to protect her from all harm and she was betrayed. I can't even find the words to describe how sad I am for Riley to have gone through that. I'll never forget her story I pray for her loved ones and I pray that no child goes through anything remotely like this. I'll hug my daughter a little tighter tonight. God bless you Riley Ann! Xoxo Close
precious angel sleep tight!!!  / Julie Jackson (no relation to sweet angel )  Read >>
precious angel sleep tight!!!  / Julie Jackson (no relation to sweet angel )

My condolenses really go out to you and your family poor little baby girl. How could anyone harm a child i can't even get on to my grandbabies without it breaking my heart. I'm so sorry ya'll had to go through this terriblr ordeal i mean i wouldn't wish this on anybody i also saw it on iI.D. and i couldn't. stop crying it touched my heart like no other and i watch I.D. every day and that was the one that made me have chills down my body and not the good kind eaither. I mean i literally got choked up and couldn't stop crying shes a very beautiful little girl. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND RILEY ANN

 

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I am devastated  / Tena Anderson (no relation )  Read >>
I am devastated  / Tena Anderson (no relation )
I saw the story on ID the other night and I am just devastated. I watch this channel alot and and no one has ever affected me the way Riley has. I am a grandmother too and my 1st grandchild lived in my home with my son and his girlfriend. My granddaughter just turned 3 on Tuesday but now I consider myself very lucky. I have met and talked to the new boyfriend and he is very nice and loves my granddaughter dearly. It so easily could have been the same situation. You just never know. My vow to you your son and especially Riley Ann is to act immediately if I suspect child abuse of any kind whether it be someone I know or a stranger. In the past I may have hesitated but no more. I just hope you find comfort in knowing that Riley Ann has inspired me and possibly countless others in the fight to end child abuse. God Bless Close
Riley's Legacy & Light  / Jo Jones (None)  Read >>
Riley's Legacy & Light  / Jo Jones (None)
I had never heard of Riley Ann Sawyers until I saw the show profiling her case.  I broke down in tears and felt such sorrow over the horrible way in which she spent her final hours on this earth - and at the hands of her own mother.  I find myself thinking about her often and each time I am overcome with grief.  She seemed to be such a sweet and precocious child full of innocence and sweetness.  While I feel so sorry for the family that loved and lost her my prayer is that Jesus and the Angels were with her in her final moments and comforted her by surrounding her with their light and their love.  Her tiny body could only take so much and I pray that all of her pain and suffering was washed away by the love of God.  I know that she is Heaven and is happy and joyful and is singing and dancing and all of the horrible things she endured in this life have faded away.  I will never forget sweet little Riley nor will I ever be the same after hearing her story.  She did NOT die in vain.  God will use her experience to reach others and to changes lives.  This is Riley's legacy.  God grant her peace and may He also heal all those who's hearts were broken when she was taken from this life.  God be with you and keep you.  We miss you sweet Riley. Close
My Condolences  / Kimberly Bass (no relation )  Read >>
My Condolences  / Kimberly Bass (no relation )
I watched Riley's story on the ID channel the other day and was heartbroken.  I have thought of and cried for Riley everyday since...this little girl is in my heart.  I love you Riley and can never forget you. Close
I will never be the same since I knew your name...  / Beth Hardin   Read >>
I will never be the same since I knew your name...  / Beth Hardin

I thought I was alone. I thought I saw this show on ID and thought I may be crazy because I felt affected in a way I've never felt before. As I read through the condolences I am amazed at what I find over and over again....I too could not sleep I too watch these images over and over again in my head I too have cried with such pain and horrible heartache for this beautiful child I never knew.....I have lit a candle in the memory of this angel Riley Ann. I have continued to pray...mulitple times today....

My youngest daughter is 3. She too is a beautiful blonde smiling princess. When ever I think of what those two monsters did to that poor innocent child I want to be sick. I don't know how to process this. Up until a few hours ago I felt my only peace was to know she is full now with happiness....she is sitting in the lap of our Savior. Now that I have been to this website and have seen the overhwhelming emotion and love for this child and her family I feel much better....maybe I will be able to sleep tonight.....

I am so heartbroken and sorrowful for your pain and loss. I cannot fathom how this could have happened....where were the neighbors? Friends? Were there not people in the community that didn't notice something perhaps right with this household? Or the fact that she was just missing one day? I just keep thinking somehow this could have been prevented.

I am so very sorry.....take solice in the fact she is in Heaven now and you will see her again....I hope to see her too and give her a long tight hug and tell her how much she is loved.

 

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so sad....  / Dorothy Esaw (none)  Read >>
so sad....  / Dorothy Esaw (none)
i watched this last night on ID and i had nightmares all night. I have a 23 month old grandson and can't imagine anyone doing this to a innocent child. My god why didn't she leave that little girl with you and run of with that monster by herself. I am so sick of these women wanting a man so bad until they will let them harm their child or even kill them! Its so sad and painful I pray for you and your family and just know you will get to see little riley again. God bless you...  and to all the women out there letting your husband or boyfriends harm your child Stop It!! Wise up and realize he is not worth it. Please let our babies live..... Close
my heart hurts  / Tanya Blaylock (none)  Read >>
my heart hurts  / Tanya Blaylock (none)
I have a 22 month old daughter and 3 year old son. Nothing in this world could ever make me hurt my children. I still don't get it. How could she hurt Riley? Everyone says she said I love you becaue she wanted it to stop. But I think she was just telling her mom she loved her and good bye and that she loved her anyway. I can't stop crying. I don't know her but I now feel love for her. I wish the mother would have just run off and left Riley with you. My heart hurts so bad you and your family. The details of that horrible day just keep playing in my head. She is with God now and you will meet again. Close
Sweet Riley  / Linda Dyson   Read >>
Sweet Riley  / Linda Dyson
Dear Sheryl and Family
         I watched Riley's story last night on ID. What a sad and horrible story. My deepest sympathy to you all. Know that she is with God now and will suffer no more. She was a beautiful childand now she is a beautiful angel. How can I get some of your bracelets here in Pennsylvania? I would like to hand them out and tell Riley's story.       
                                                                    Linda Dyson  Close
I've never felt so touched...  / Veronica Rojas (Someone who loves her )  Read >>
I've never felt so touched...  / Veronica Rojas (Someone who loves her )
I'm not generally the type of person to cry when I see murder cases on television. This tragedy on the other hand crushed me I almost feel as if I lost my own child. Riley Ann is the most beautiful girl I've ever seen in my life and I couldn't even sleep last night because I was such an emotional wreck. No child deserves the type of abuse she received and her mother and step father should have received the same punishment- at least in their cases it would be well deserved. To the precious Riley Ann I know we never met but you will be in my heart forever and always. Close
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