Skip to comments.Starved, disabled girl was failed at every turn
Posted on 08/01/2008 7:34:06 PM PDT by Hi Heels
Starved, disabled girl was failed at every turn By KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 2 minutes ago 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. ADVERTISEMENT 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.
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This is the second article today with this type of abuse.
It reminds me of the story published the other day with the dog nursing the tiger cubs. The zoo keeper said the mother tiger never took care of any of her litters. It was like she had that gene shut off.
I think humans are the same, but I get more disgusted at them because they do have options that tigers don’t.
Pretty horrible and depressing for one day. But for the grace of G-d......
OMG. Just horrible.
The mother should be shot allowed to recover and shot again.
First Degree Murder seems such an inadequate charge when you read the description of this child's protracted and torturous death. Yet, they will likely all be out on the street in a couple of years, if they serve any jail time at all (except the Mother who, rightfully, looks to be headed away for a few years)
No, she should be hogtied, and thrown into her daughter's uncleaned bed and not fed until she dies.
Socialism at it’s best.
This is so terribly sad. God bless the poor child’s soul.
When I worked part time in a church nursery, there was a little girl with cerebral palsy. Later found out she was adopted because the birth mother said no way, Jose, am I dealing with that. Selfish versus the usual unselfish act of adoption, yes, but yet the girl lived, and was living with people who loved her.
The mother in this horror story should have utilized the equivalent of the Baby Moses law. Everyone would have been better off.
“The mother in this horror story should have utilized the equivalent of the Baby Moses law. Everyone would have been better off.”
That’s the first thought that crossed my mind. There are government funded homes for people like this that usually aren’t pretty, but better than what she got at her “mother’s” home. But on second thought, the “mother” may have been dependent on the Social Security check the girl brought in.
I'm honestly surprised she lived to 14. May these people rot.
I just don't get it. I know it's hard, there's nothing harder, but maybe it's just like another poster said, a missing gene that simply turns off the mother instinct. But, you'd also have to be missing a couple of other genes, too, the responsibility gene, the compassion gene, intelligence gene..... I couldn't even read the entire story myself. It was just heartbreaking.
the mother may have been dependent on the Social Security check the girl brought in.
That would be the winning answer.
I thought only Nazis were capable of this kind of cruelty.
Social workers involved in this case need to be prosecuted every bit as severely as the mother.
I can’t read this.....Prayers for this girl. May these monsters rot in h-ll.
Several years ago there was a case of a girl here in AZ like this, locked and isolated in a cage by her "parents" for all her life.
When a neighbor finally alerted officials, she was rescued. Described as only able to make animal sounds. Never heard what happened to her.