Brittney Marie Billette
"Brit-Brit"
20 Months Old

March 10, 1992 to October 16, 1993

Brittney Marie Billette, of Saginaw, Michigan, was a beautiful baby girl. She was dainty and fragile. She loved her baby dolls, Barney and her little books. She also loved to dance.

She was beginning to put sentences together.

She loved grapes, raisins, bananas, Cheerios, chicken, cookies, chocolate milk, Kool-Aid and ice cream.

One of Brittney's feet turned in, so she would stumble sometimes. But at 20 months, she already knew how to make things easier for herself. She was a joy !

In her short life, she gave so much love. A baby has a way to make a person see things all over again, that one might have taken for granted over the years.

She now has a little brother, James, that she will never know.

Her father, Mark Billette, visits her grave very often and talks to her. She is loved by her grandparents Marcia Johnston, Fred Johnston and James Billette. Her aunts and uncles all loved her dearly and her family thinks about her every day. They miss her.

Her mother D'Ann loved her, but someday will have to seek therapy to understand and accept responsibility for what happened. Her family was honored to have her for such a short time.

CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE MURDER

The mother of Brittney Billette left Brittney's father and moved in with another guy. This guy did not like Brittney, so they moved to another state. On October 1, 1993, Mark Billette told Paul Schaffner that he'd better not ever hear that he hit his daughter. On October 16, 1993, Mark received a call from Brittney's mother that Brittney was in the hospital and was unconscious. Paul Schaffner had been arrested. Brittney died that night. She had multiple bruises, a crushed skull and her ribs had been broken.

One week before Brittney died, Brittney's mother, D'Ann, called Brittney's grandmother, Marcia Johnston, to check with Mark about Brittney's health insurance. She said that Brittney had fallen and she wanted to take her to the doctor. D'Ann never took Brittney to the doctor.

At Brittney's funeral, D'Ann confessed that she knew Brittney was being abused, but didn't say anything for fear of losing her to Mark.

In court, Paul Schaffner admitted that he beat Brittney, but he claimed that he did not mean to kill her. Schaffner pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison. He is scheduled for parole in 2001.

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Brittney Billette