Michigan City girl dead after being b...

Michigan City girl dead after being beaten by parents

There are 38 comments on the WNDU-TV South Bend story from Sep 23, 2008, titled Michigan City girl dead after being beaten by parents. In it, WNDU-TV South Bend reports that:

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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In Texas

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#21 Dec 3, 2008
So sad when a child is caught in the middle and ends up dying. We all need to open our eyes and pay attention to the people around us.Be the helping hand the maybe someone else needs.Here is hoping that the boy gets a good home and that things work out right 4 everyone in the famlies.
Shelly

Streamwood, IL

#22 Dec 12, 2008
Some of you people are saying the father never did anything to try getting custody of Savannah? Well, you are absolutely wrong. He did try, but couldn't because the court system in Illinois is scewed and let her keep the kids. Melissa, had cheated on Dave, done everything she could to tear him apart. Well, she did just that. He tried so hard to love her, tried buying her a car with terrible credit as a last chance. He lost his job because of her? How can anyone say she is innocent here? She is as guilty as the idiot she married. Mind you, he has also gotten domestic dispute charges prior to this. This is a terrible time for Dave. That man did nothing but love his children. The only thing he did wrong was loved her more than anything. What a waste. That poor little girl will never see the light of day again while Melissa walks around free as a bird right now. I pity that man and woman for what they did to Savanah. The last thing she said to her neighbor was, I hope they don't try getting me for neglect? How very selfish of you Melissa. I hope your reading this. Thats another question, those neighbors heard the screams. Why didn't you try to stop it? You could have saved her life. You always hear about this stuff in the news, about someone else. You think, well, this will never happen to anyone you know. Unfortunately, this time it hit way too close to home. Dave is one of my friends, I know him personally from work. God I hope for his sake Melissa and Scott get exactly what they deserve. Whoever said, theres no proof they did it? They Ruled it a murder after the autopsy came back. Ignorance all around. Thats all I want to say, hopefully some of you will wake up and smell the roses, this stuff is real, and it happens all the time. Dave, I wish there was something I could do, but just know I am always here for you. Stay strong.
someone who cares

Westminster, MD

#23 Dec 15, 2008
Shelly,

I realize that because you are friends with Dave, you only know 1 side of the story. What you do not know is that Dave lost his job because he was arrested for beating Melissa... not only arrested once, but twice within a very short span on time. He lost his job due to the time he spent in jail for beating Melissa. He did this in front of his own children. He tried to hit Melissa with that car he bought her. He also did this in front of his own children.

The court system in Illinois is not screwed up- Dave never bothered to see his children- THAT IS ALL THERE IS TO IT. Dave is just as much of a monster as Scott for what he put his wife and children through. Shelly, I cannot blame you for not knowing the whole story- but next time you decide to post accusations... at least TRY to find out the whole story.
someone who cares

Westminster, MD

#24 Dec 15, 2008
And as for Melissa cheating on Dave... let's look into that one a little bit more as well. She never cheated; he was convinced that she was as a result of his mental and abusive state of mind. He felt that she cheated because HE cheated on her when she was at home taking care of the first child. He was so convinced she was cheating as a result of his guilt. It's a common factor in an abusive relationship for the abusive to convince themselves of unlikely situations in order to justify the abuse they do to the victim. I suggest all you people on here who are accusing Melissa and feeding into the father's pity party to read more. Get a book on domestic abuse. Look in up on the internet. Read about all of the emotional scars abuse will leave with the victim. Look at the traits and characteristics of one who abuses. You will learn a lot more about this case and about life in general.
brittanie nicole gasaway

United States

#26 Jan 7, 2009
I wish none of this happed to this litter girl . Every body miss her alot out there.
does not matter who I am

La Porte, IN

#27 Jan 12, 2009
You all talk and speculate. You may have seen this and you may have seen that. You may blame this person or blame that person but you do not wear the shoes of those people. Doesn't matter what happened prior to the incident. Killing an innocent child that does no wrong is just completely obserd. Those in this blog also have there own skeletons in there closets. May god be with the families and the child. May hell fall where it needs to be. For God will surly judge us all.
A concerned person

Philadelphia, PA

#28 Jan 21, 2009
He didn't "beat" Melissa. And he NEVER layed a hand on those kids. Get your facts straight. You're just probably one of the morons who are standing up for the child killer named Melissa.
someone who cares wrote:
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...
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A concerned person

Philadelphia, PA

#29 Jan 21, 2009
You're telling Shelly she needs to get her facts straight? YOU need to get YOUR facts straight. I knew Melissa and Dave. And Melissa cheated on Dave all the time. She lied ALL THE TIME. I know one of the guys she cheated on Dave with. So maybe YOU should get YOUR facts straight.

I hope Melissa and Scott rot in jail where they belong.
someone who cares wrote:
And as for Melissa cheating on Dave... let's look into that one a little bit more as well. She never cheated; he was convinced that she was as a result of his mental and abusive state of mind. He felt that she cheated because HE cheated on her when she was at home taking care of the first child. He was so convinced she was cheating as a result of his guilt. It's a common factor in an abusive relationship for the abusive to convince themselves of unlikely situations in order to justify the abuse they do to the victim. I suggest all you people on here who are accusing Melissa and feeding into the father's pity party to read more. Get a book on domestic abuse. Look in up on the internet. Read about all of the emotional scars abuse will leave with the victim. Look at the traits and characteristics of one who abuses. You will learn a lot more about this case and about life in general.
You Know Who

United States

#30 Mar 31, 2009
That was my best friend's lil step sister and she really did love her. I've known her for about 6-7 years now and her father Scott. I would of never thought he would've done something like that and it's really f****d up.
sick

Oak Lawn, IL

#31 Apr 5, 2009
It is obvious from the postings that everyone involved here is uneducated, and most likely involved in drugs and generally unhealthy ways of living. I speak to the authorities of Indiana when I say: TAKE ANY CHILDREN ANYWHERE NEAR THIS DYSFUNCTIONAL DISGUSTING SO-CALLED FAMILY, AND GET THEM AS FAR AWAY AS LEGALLY POSSIBLE. The sad truth is that things like this happen because of substance abuse, ignorance, and cyclical, abusive, behavior patterns. If there are teenagers in that house I would bet they are engaged in drugs, high risk sexual behaviors, and now they definately are scarred emotionally for life. THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN AGAIN unless the cycle is broken. Get anyone under 18 to a different state in the protection of good people. Sterilize any adult that is related for they will never rise above the disgusting scum that they are and will only produce children that they will abuse and send broken and dangerous into the world us good people try and inhabit. YOU MAKE ME SICK.
WHITE TRASH SCUM

P.S. The fact that any of you even mention God, heaven or religion is proof that you are broken beyond redemtion. HIPPOCRATES
Disgusted

Fredericton, Canada

#32 Aug 2, 2010
Ok, I have read EVERY post and the only thing I see is people wanting to blame this on one person or another, do you not realize what happened here? A little girl DIED!! She was BEATEN to DEATH!!! Who cares who abused who or that the children watched it, it comes down to the fact that someone BEAT the CHILD and the child died due to the injuries...so if you want to blame anyone, blame the one who beat her and the people that SAW it happen and didn't save her, whether it be her mother, neighbors, it's pointless to sit here and argue over what the mother had gone through or what the children had SEEN the mother go through, that is irrelivant to the fact that in the end a four year old child died....and someone could have saved her if they hadn't been "scared or stupid or unwilling to risk all to save her" !!!! That's what I see!! RIP Savannah Baby <3 I am from nowhere in USA so I knew nothing of this story before I read these posts, so I am REALLY just an outsider looking in and this is how I see it, I feel bad for the baby, that's who I feel bad for and the little boy who watched his sister be beat and now has to live with the horrible memories every day of life! I hope this little boy gets a good home with people who PROTECT him!!!!
the guy that seen it all

Brooklyn, NY

#33 Feb 2, 2011
so its ok for a woman to attack a guy living scares all around the guys body as all he did was try to walk away, i say ur fucked i was there for alot of that bull shit. i seen so much and for the stupid poeple the father did try to get custady of the children dering the devorce, but how can a poor person keep going aginst a welthy family that will even bail out someone that did/was part of the whole murder, i guess they think its ok cause money buys everything, and in my family if the father did that his ass be behind bars not out on bond wouldnt care if we was rich or not nothing and i mean NOTHING is worth leting a child die, i wont say much more. excpt this dosnt matter what happened through the marrage the family fucked up past the hole shit everyone knows right from wrong and giving her the small bit of dought i would have killed the guy that was hurting my child instead of just standing there. so in my eye i think she is as much to blame as he is. dont think for one moment i wouldnt a childs life is precuse to us all i know my son is my heart and soul i would be more then happy to go to prison for killing the person that tryed and failed to hurt my child.
Someone else who cares wrote:
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!
marlene

Burlington, IA

#34 Feb 25, 2012
I am so sorry for your loss. It makes me cry cause I just think had my sister not got away from that monster that could have been my nephew who people fail to realize that he has a oldest son Justin that is now 22 years old. scott used to beat my sister and nephew. So again I pray for healing for your family
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
marlene

Burlington, IA

#35 Feb 25, 2012
that monster used to hit my sister when she was pregnant with my nephew Justin, Scott Bruce's oldest child. My sister then left Justin with his dad to return and find him in a poopy diaper and his butt bleeding. So the one that said Scott never hurt children before is the biggest damn lier in the world. he has always been a monster since my sister met him at age 17. I hope he burns in hell. I cry for poor Savannah and thank GOD my sister left him cause this could have been my nephew justin. Justin is now 22 and will NEVER be like his father in fact he wants to change his last name and never have anything to do with any of the "Bruces" ever again. they are white trash and murders.
On the outside looking in

Rancho Cordova, CA

#36 Dec 3, 2013
Blame will not bring her back.

Justice has been served all be it far less from what it should have been. They both should have been charged with MURDER.

The father now has full custody of his son. Thank the powers that be.

The "Monster" that claimed to be his mother and the mother of the angel baby will never be able to cause them harm again.

Say what you will but anyone who allows their child to be abused in such a manner is a "Monster" and deserves whatever punishment has been given.
Truth speaker

Rome, NY

#37 Sep 10, 2015
someone who cares wrote:
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...
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Who are you? You seem to know so much but in reality your just as stupid as melissa and scott! Dumb scumbag! If you knew anything you would know that David worked 24/7 while melissa sat on her fat ass bitching and complaining and cheating on him. And that the dumb bitch beat David all the time. She'd smash all kinds of shit in his face. Then one day NOT ALL THE TIME NOT EVERYDAY ONE DAY DAVID SNAPPED AND SLAPPED THE BITCH AND HE WENT TO JAIL. KNOW THE STORY BEFORE YOU RUN YOUR MOUTH. If I would of been there David wouldn't of slapped her. I would of beating the shit out of the cheating whore! I bet your Melissa's family. And on the contrary David was fighting for coustdy when she killed Savannah! And his family didn't know what was going on because half of them live in other states and where never allowed to see them. And Melissa is a lowlife scum. How do you know your kid is dead put her in a sleeping bag zip it up and tape it shut and leave her there to rot for a week? Please stop defending scumbags grow the fuck up.
Truth speaker

Rome, NY

#38 Sep 10, 2015
the guy that seen it all wrote:
so its ok for a woman to attack a guy living scares all around the guys body as all he did was try to walk away, i say ur fucked i was there for alot of that bull shit. i seen so much and for the stupid poeple the father did try to get custady of the children dering the devorce, but how can a poor person keep going aginst a welthy family that will even bail out someone that did/was part of the whole murder, i guess they think its ok cause money buys everything, and in my family if the father did that his ass be behind bars not out on bond wouldnt care if we was rich or not nothing and i mean NOTHING is worth leting a child die, i wont say much more. excpt this dosnt matter what happened through the marrage the family fucked up past the hole shit everyone knows right from wrong and giving her the small bit of dought i would have killed the guy that was hurting my child instead of just standing there. so in my eye i think she is as much to blame as he is. dont think for one moment i wouldnt a childs life is precuse to us all i know my son is my heart and soul i would be more then happy to go to prison for killing the person that tryed and failed to hurt my child.
<quoted text>
Stop sucking dick bitch. Logan is doing great. He lives with his father gets everything he wants. And has great grades in school. He never goes with out. He was in foster care because that is what cps does in situations like this. God you people are stupid. Lowlife scums of topix!
Corruption Killer

Kenosha, WI

#39 Dec 5, 2015
Thank god she did not have to enter C.S. child services via Indiana. She would have had much worse treatment. In Indiana, especially the justice system, nothing appears to be the truth in many instances. It all depends if you affiliated with freemasonry, we have a murderer of a sixteen year old child, he hung his friend to death, his father the prosecutor was the presiding prosecutor and obfuscated legal due process ( immediate dissbarment) all Michigan City government involved. The child murderer ( this murder may have been a masonic grab for high degree) is now an attorney in one of Chicagos most prestigious law firms, despite having a totally invalid illegal murder process in LaPorte County with at that time approval of all in the prosecutors, judges and witnessed persons. All of whom have a legal responsibility to turn in the now michigan city judge.

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