Black People : Starved, disabled girl was failed at every turn

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  1. Zulile

    Zulile Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/starvation_death_charges

    PHILADELPHIA - For days before Danieal Kelly died in a fetid, airless room — made stifling hot by a midsummer heat wave — the bedridden teenager begged for something to drink until she could muster only one word: water.

    Unable to help herself because of her cerebral palsy, she wasted away from malnutrition and maggot-infested bedsores that ate her flesh. She died alone on a putrid mattress in her mother's home, the floor covered in feces. She was 14 but weighed just 42 pounds.

    The nightmare of forced starvation and infection that killed Danieal while she was under the protection of the city's human services agency is documented in a 258-page grand jury report released this week that charges nine people — her parents, four social workers and three family friends — in her ghastly death.

    The report describes a mother, Andrea Kelly, who was embarrassed by her disabled daughter and didn't want to touch her, take her out in public, change her diapers or make sure she had enough fluids. It portrays Daniel Kelly, the father who once had custody of Danieal, as having no interest in raising her.

    And it accuses the city Department of Human Services of being "uncaring and incompetent."

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/starvation_death_charges
     
  2. Kamau47

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    You know, I have always tried to keep an open mind about people. But those involved in this child's death should be put away for a long time. This was truly a situation that NEVER should have happened.
     
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