Michigan City girl dead after being beaten by parents

Sep 23, 2008 Full story: WNDU-TV South Bend 35

A Michigan City couple, 24-year old Melissa Bruce and her husband, 37-year old Scott Bruce were formally charged Tuesday with beating Melissa's four year old daughter, who later died.

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Krista Pioch-wagner

Monticello, IN

#1 Sep 26, 2008
I am Savannah Rose Pioch's Aunt And I just want to say is I hope Melissa & Scott gets what is coming to them for doing this to my Neice I came out from California to see My baby Neice that I have only got to see on web cam and heard her little angel voice over the phone and pictures. After Two Weeks of being in Monaticello,Indiana I get a called from my father (Savannah's Grandpa) when the sad news about her death and yesterday my little sister that also came out to see our neice and never had a chance eather had to pull me away from her little couffin yesterday while I almost callapes on the floor I couldn't bare leaving her side I hope Melissa gets to read this because I have one thing to say to her!! IF YOU NEVER WANTED TO HAVE A LITTLE GIRL YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFTED SAVANNAH WITH MY BROTHER!! HOW dare you do this to a child and I dearly hope you pay for every thing you did to my little angel! I'm sorry that Melissa Family had to go throw this awful pain as my family is going throw! I got to meet her sister and father they just can't believe what had happen.. Savannah You are now Safe from all evil an Angel From Above that was sent to my Family with Smiles and love! God Bless You! I will be waiting for the day I can be with you! Love Auntie Krista
anonymous

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Sep 26, 2008
My feelings are as follows.I am not a resident in MICHIGANCITY but did run into the couple before.I am employed in the are.They claimed to want another child when visiting a local doctors office that I had an appointment at.This man seemed very over protective and demanding towards Melissa.This is the honest truth.If you can't provide for the children that you have now and the children of the man you called the love of your life that you where also helping him raise you should never have had any,to just be able to do something so terrible.I pray for you cause justice will provaile.I can't judge,only God can so you better repent for all your sins.Children are a gift from God they are not to be taken for granted.There are millions of real familys that are just trying there hardest to have children and don't have the blessings,so that is when A Women like you that does not want to appreciate the child or children that she has the state provides woman with resources to put children for adoption to familys that will love and give kindness too.As for little Savannah my familys prayers are with you,and you are one of Gods most precious Angels now.Even when I seen Savannah not knowing me,she waived hi AND SMILED.When Scott was yelling at the children to sit down at the doctors office she had no anger when he yelled at her,she just continued to play.Hello children are to just play. God bless you and your family little ANGEL.
Sick at heart over this

Lavallette, NJ

#3 Sep 27, 2008
Sad, sad, sad. Melissa is not the devil, only a young woman with "daddy" issues who chose the worst men over and over again. I blame the step-father Scott Bruce for the physical act and the families for not doing enough to prevent this. They knew what was going on and if they didn't they should have - they didn't do enough to get Melissa and her children away from that creep, and get her the psycological help she so obviously desparately needed to get the strength to make her life better. She comes from a decent family who should have helped her more.
Jenn_Winegard

Chester, VA

#4 Sep 29, 2008
I don't know the family and I never knew the parents or the step father. Just heard of it today. I don't think that any little girl should have to go through what she had gone through and the worst part about it was they put her off to the side like she was nothing. She was a child, a human being. She was 4 years old. She had her thoughts and feeling and her mother, who should protect her from danger and scum like Scott, didn't. I think they deserve everything they get and I know that she is in a safe and loving place now where she wont have a worry.
RIP sweetie.
To the family:I'm sorry for your loss.
anonymous

Elmhurst, IL

#5 Sep 29, 2008
some of you people are just so rude
dont know a damned thing that happened and you're judging
nobody knows who did it or why
all you know is rumors
and the stuff you read in the papers..which is mostly reporters having fun with others trageties
this is tragic, and traumatizing for those four teens who had to live in that house and deal with it everyday
they probly didnt do/say anything because whose to say he wouldnt do it to them?
they were scared, the neighbors are stupid for trying to get attention as well
both parents are in the wrong, and theyll both pay for what thayve done
Superman

Chicago, IL

#6 Oct 17, 2008
Lefted?
sasha

Philadelphia, PA

#7 Oct 20, 2008
its so sad that parents will hurt thier own child. I will never every do such a thing. childern are little angels, their our world. and they need to be protected. show them love and care for them and they'll be o.k.
someone who cares

Chicago, IL

#8 Oct 24, 2008
This "aunt" fails to mention the truth about how Savannah's father never even TRIED to fight for custody of his own kids... if he was so concerned, why did he constantly beat Melissa and her children during the marriage? Funny how no one wants to mention the sickening truth about Savannah's real father...
Krista Pioch-wagner wrote:
I am Savannah Rose Pioch's Aunt And I just want to say is I hope Melissa & Scott gets what is coming to them for doing this to my Neice I came out from California to see My baby Neice that I have only got to see on web cam and heard her little angel voice over the phone and pictures. After Two Weeks of being in Monaticello,Indiana I get a called from my father (Savannah's Grandpa) when the sad news about her death and yesterday my little sister that also came out to see our neice and never had a chance eather had to pull me away from her little couffin yesterday while I almost callapes on the floor I couldn't bare leaving her side I hope Melissa gets to read this because I have one thing to say to her!! IF YOU NEVER WANTED TO HAVE A LITTLE GIRL YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFTED SAVANNAH WITH MY BROTHER!! HOW dare you do this to a child and I dearly hope you pay for every thing you did to my little angel! I'm sorry that Melissa Family had to go throw this awful pain as my family is going throw! I got to meet her sister and father they just can't believe what had happen.. Savannah You are now Safe from all evil an Angel From Above that was sent to my Family with Smiles and love! God Bless You! I will be waiting for the day I can be with you! Love Auntie Krista
someone who cares

Chicago, IL

#9 Oct 24, 2008
This "aunt" fails to mention the truth about how Savannah's father never even TRIED to fight for custody of his own kids... if he was so concerned, why did he constantly beat Melissa and her children during the marriage? Funny how no one wants to mention the sickening truth about Savannah's real father...

All of you people who try and speak like you know the situation are just making it worse for everyone involved. You all write about saying sorry to the families involved, but take a look at what you are doing... you are only making it worse for the families involved with your rumors and accusations. You have NO idea what the truth is so keep your accusations and lies inside until the whole truth comes out. Melissa is just as much of a victim as Savannah. If you really want to put blame on someone... take a look at the others involved in this case.
Krista Pioch-wagner wrote:
I am Savannah Rose Pioch's Aunt And I just want to say is I hope Melissa & Scott gets what is coming to them for doing this to my Neice I came out from California to see My baby Neice that I have only got to see on web cam and heard her little angel voice over the phone and pictures. After Two Weeks of being in Monaticello,Indiana I get a called from my father (Savannah's Grandpa) when the sad news about her death and yesterday my little sister that also came out to see our neice and never had a chance eather had to pull me away from her little couffin yesterday while I almost callapes on the floor I couldn't bare leaving her side I hope Melissa gets to read this because I have one thing to say to her!! IF YOU NEVER WANTED TO HAVE A LITTLE GIRL YOU SHOULD HAVE LEFTED SAVANNAH WITH MY BROTHER!! HOW dare you do this to a child and I dearly hope you pay for every thing you did to my little angel! I'm sorry that Melissa Family had to go throw this awful pain as my family is going throw! I got to meet her sister and father they just can't believe what had happen.. Savannah You are now Safe from all evil an Angel From Above that was sent to my Family with Smiles and love! God Bless You! I will be waiting for the day I can be with you! Love Auntie Krista
brittanie nicole gasaway

United States

#10 Oct 28, 2008
Iam going to be mad for the reast of my life.
Because the 4 years old girl die
brittanie nicole gasaway

United States

#11 Oct 31, 2008
we will miss you savnnah
brittanie nicole gasaway

United States

#12 Nov 3, 2008
savnnah we will all miss you so much. I pray for her day and night. She was a nice girl to every one.
samantha

South Africa

#13 Nov 7, 2008
I cannot imagine what this little girl went through. As a mother your first instinct would be to keep your children away from anyone that would hurt them. I have 2 little girls as well and i would rather die than having them hurt in any way be it physical or mentally. I truly feel the hurt that the aunt feels. Sometimes i wonder why does God bless people like Melissa and Scott with kids when there are so many childless couples out there that would do anything to have a child. I hope that Melissa and Scott suffer in prison and that they get beatn up even worse than what they did to Savnnah. Rest in Peace, precious angel.
Someone else who cares

Addison, IL

#14 Nov 15, 2008
My heart has broken when I just found out this news. My prayers are with Savannah, her brother and also Melissa. I do agree with some of the previous comments. I would like to know where the aunts, grandmothers,grandfathers, uncles, and especially the father was when Melissa and the children were in a shelter for battered women. I seen Melissa black and blue.For the aunt,How is it ok to accept that your brother hits women? I am sorry if it is acceptable in your family,I do feel sorry for you. Melissa was trying to get away from that life, and it saddens me that she ended up in just another simular relationship. Insted of judging maybe people could look at their part in this tragedy. Where was Melissa's father,mother,stepmother,siste r when she was living in a shelter? I do not know the whole story but I do not beleive Melissa could have done this. From what I know of her she was very goodhearted,and tryed to juggle the kids as well as the world. I just wish the families would have stepped up to the plate to be there for her and her children when she needed them. Even now,Please tell me why Melissa's son is in foster care when she has family? I only pray Mr.Pioch does not get custody of his son. That boy deserves a happy,good life and I do not believe it would be with his father or his family that feels it is ok to beat a woman. I wish Melissa would have given herself some time to heal from her abusive marriage, and gained the strenght she needed to say No More! And to both of Melissa husbands I say, I only hope you get the right woman to bring you down! You wouldn't last five minutes in a room with me! I am praying for everyone involved and I pray God steps into this sad,tragic story and does the right thing!
someone that wonders why

Brookston, IN

#15 Nov 17, 2008
someone that wonders why you judgeing the family that had their own family to worry about....that didn't know what was going on//how can you judge someone when they don't know their own family?? or what is going on at that time??
someone close

United States

#16 Nov 17, 2008
My heart goes out to Savannahs family,and you are always in my prayers.I don't know the full story but I do know that Scott Bruce has a history of abuse towards his children and the women he has been involved with!If you ask me he is a living breathing Monster and I hope he gets what he has coming to him.When I heard about poor Savannah I cried for 2 days.No child should have to go through what she went through.This saddens and sickens me.I truly hope our Justice System pulls through and prosecutes Melissa&Scott to the fullest.But if for some chance it doesn't rest assured when their day to stand before the Lord comes,he will truly make them pay!!!---For Savannah-He will wipe away all tears from their eyes,and there shall be no more death,nor sorrow,nor crying,nor pain.All of that has gone forever. REVELATION 21:4 Rest In Peace Little Angel
Friend from california

Brookston, IN

#17 Nov 18, 2008
my friend has two s of her own and know what it's like being in a shelter for battered women. she almost lost her life and her little 2 year old while being pregnant with her other child ..so how can you judge the aunt when she herself was abuse and didn't know what her family was going through? she was homeless, and no way to help Savannah??

I'm wondering why you all judging the family that had their own family to worry about...

that didn't know what was going on//how can you judge someone when they don't know their own family?? or what is going on at that time??
someone who cares

Mount Pleasant, MI

#18 Nov 20, 2008
If you are talking about how people are judging Savannah's father, Dave, and "Auntie Krista"- I don't call it judging when it is the truth. The "aunt" and "loving father" are just as bad as Scott. For one, no one had to pull the "aunt" off of the coffin at Savannah's funeral. You were perfectly fine and simply got up and walked away from the casket as you pleased. Don't try and pretend that you were in this big dramatic T.V. show. Tell the truth. No one pulled a screaming and crying "Auntie Krista" off of the coffin. Second, the "father" only added to the abuse and fear by abusing Melissa and the children. He is no father in my eyes. Any real man wouldn't lay a hand on his wife or children. Any real man would know how to handle his emotions. Dave is no real man. HE is just a scared little boy who felt the need to beat and threaten his own wife and children so he could feel he was in control. He is a monster just like Scott... and I have no problem comparing the two assholes with each other. This is not judging, this is simply stating the facts.

To the other post by someone else who cares, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you for knowing there is more to this story than these ignorant people care to find out about before they start their accusations. Thank you for praying for Melissa. However, Melissa's family was around and tried to help. Sometimes you can't help people unless they are ready to accept the help. Thank you for knowing the truth that she couldn't do this though- there are some monsters in this story, but she isn't one of them.
Someone else who cares

Addison, IL

#19 Nov 22, 2008
I have tryed to submit this 3x, so maybe it is to long I will try this in parts.

Isn't it true that all we have read about has been people judging, The press, the neighbors, family, friends and so-called friends, and people that may have not known any of the involved. I was not in that apartment the day Savannah's life was so tragically taken, and I do not believe any of you were there either. We are not their judge and jury and we certainly are not GOD. The courts will have their day and ultimately in the end we will all have our day with GOD.I continue to pray for the innocent. I know nothing of that tragic day, but I do have an opinion of the time I spent with Melissa and her children. I do believe she was trying to get away from an abusive marriage with Mr. Pioch. If you know anything about abuse, you would know that a bruise heals much faster than the emotional scares it leaves behind. It is a very, very, long (if ever) healing process. Everyone can say what they would have done but honestly, NO
ONE knows what they would do until they are walking in those very same shoes. The statistics show that unfortunately unless a battered woman takes the time, and gets the emotional help to heal her chances are very high to end up in another abusive relationship.

To the Aunt: If what the previous writer is saying is that the aunt was also being abused,then I pray for you and your children also.
Then why are you pointing a finger? You have been blessed that this has not happened to you and your children, as it very well could have. I hope you give yourself the time and the support you will need to heal and grow strong to never let this happen again. Along with that strenght and knowledge and the blessing that you have not known your own childrens loss from abuse, I hope you can find it in yourself to help another that is being abused. I pray in time you will see clear enough to never accept it from any of your family members. There were family members very much aware of Mr. Piochs abuse and also his arrests.
Someone else who cares

Addison, IL

#20 Nov 22, 2008
Mr Pioch does not deserve to have custody of his son. Logan deserves a real chance at a good and happy life. He deserves a life of not being abused and taught, and shown, that it is not acceptable to abuse others. I know there were professional abuse advocates involved with Melissa and her children during this time with Mr.Pioch and I pray they will have an opinion when it comes to Logan's custody.
Since the day I found out about this horrible tragedy, I have had a sad,sad,sickened heart. My belief is that Savannah is in a beautiful heaven, no more tears,no more pain. Heaven holds so many loving people to take care of her there. My worry is for Logan. I pray the right decisions be made for Logan. I will continue to pray for the innocent that were involved in this, and I hope all of you will too!
If you care to ask who I am? I am a woman that by the grace of GOD,some supportive family,some cherished friendships, and about 5 years of professional counseling for abuse that has an opinion. I am stronger, wiser, and have learned to say NO MORE!!!I pray for Savannah, Logan, Melissa, and every other woman and child that is right now being abused. The statistics would horrify you.

But this is not about us, or is it? Could it be that maybe we could have? Maybe it is not to late to help someone else.....

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