Search
 
 

Display results as :
 


Rechercher Advanced Search

Latest topics
» Bourbaki Commutative Algebra Djvu Plugin
Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:22 am by nkundzer

» Les feesh Swirleh
Fri Apr 02, 2010 7:06 pm by Tiamat

» Selling your work online
Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:44 pm by Tiamat

» You should get a kick out of this, Taco
Sun Mar 21, 2010 9:25 am by TACO

» Hookah Angel WIP
Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:11 pm by jessI

» A Cajun dies & goes to hell.
Tue Mar 02, 2010 11:39 pm by Kitty

» Yukio Mishima
Tue Feb 23, 2010 2:04 pm by Shrine

» Storm of the Century, by Stephen King
Sun Feb 21, 2010 11:14 pm by AlwaysInFlyoverCountry

» HELL HAS FROZE!
Fri Feb 12, 2010 12:09 pm by Guest

Shopmotion


Navigation
 Portal
 Index
 Memberlist
 Profile
 FAQ
 Search
Affiliates
free forum
 



You are not connected. Please login or register

Everyone Failed Danieal Kelly

View previous topic View next topic Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

1 Everyone Failed Danieal Kelly on Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:16 pm

Lizard

avatar
Admin

July 16, 2009

In sentencing the last Philadelphia social worker assigned to Danieal Kelly - the 14-year-old with cerebral palsy who starved to death in 2006 in her mother's squalid apartment - a Philadelphia judge said yesterday that the woman's bosses should have been charged with her.

...

[Judge Benjamin] Lerner made his remarks before sentencing Laura Sommerer, 34, to four years of probation for pleading guilty to child endangerment.

...

But only Sommerer and DHS caseworker Dana Poindexter, 52, her predecessor on the Kelly case, were criminally charged. Both were supposed to have ensured that contract caseworkers DHS hired visited Kelly's house twice weekly to make sure she was well. It was later learned that she had not been visited for almost two months before her death.

...

Sommerer's sentence was far less than the 31/2 to seven years in prison she could have received. The sentence was negotiated by Assistant District Attorney Edward McCann and defense attorney Nathan J. Andrisani. Both said it took into account her cooperation in the criminal probe and good works in the community.


...

Sommerer pleaded guilty during what was supposed to have been a final pretrial hearing for the five defendants still facing charges for their alleged involvement in Kelly's death.

Lawyers for the other four said they would go to trial.

Danieal, who could not walk or care for herself, was found dead in her bed on Aug. 4, 2006, her body pocked with bone-deep bed sores and weighing just 47 pounds.

The West Philadelphia apartment where she lived with her mother and eight of her siblings did not have electricity or running water, and was fetid and sweltering in the summer heat.

The grand jury accused nine people of being criminally culpable in Danieal's death, including her parents, the two DHS workers, and two employees of a private social-services firm under DHS contract.

Andrea Kelly, 40, the girl's mother, pleaded guilty April 30 to third-degree murder and child endangerment, and was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison in a plea deal that spared her a life term.

Three of Kelly's friends also pleaded guilty to charges of lying to the grand jury by testifying that Danieal Kelly appeared healthy and well cared-for in the days before her death. All three were sentenced to probation.

In addition to Poindexter, those going to trial are:

Daniel Kelly, 38, charged with child endangerment. Prosecutors say Kelly had custody of Danieal and her slightly older brother Daniel Jr. from 1997 until 2003, when he returned to Philadelphia from Arizona. He allegedly abandoned the two with his estranged wife though he knew they were being neglected.

Mickal Kamuvaka, 60, cofounder of MultiEthnic Behavioral Health, a now-defunct private social-services firm that DHS hired.

Julius Juma Murray, 52, the MultiEthnic caseworker assigned to visit Danieal.

All are charged with child endangerment; Poindexter, Kamuvaka, and Murray are also accused of perjury or record-tampering in what prosecutors say was an attempt to cover up their alleged neglect.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/50921222.html

http://www.areop.com

2 Re: Everyone Failed Danieal Kelly on Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:53 pm

Kitty

avatar
Pretty Much Settled in
Pretty Much Settled in
Thank you Liz, this little girl is often on my mind.

3 Re: Everyone Failed Danieal Kelly on Thu Aug 13, 2009 6:30 pm

dannie

avatar
Getting the Hang of This Place for Sure
Getting the Hang of This Place for Sure
they all failed her.

4 Re: Everyone Failed Danieal Kelly on Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:38 pm

Halo

avatar
Getting the Hang of This Place for Sure
Getting the Hang of This Place for Sure
I am so glad that all parties involved, not just the mother are being charge. All are culpable.

That she suffered so by the hands of the one who should have comforted and loved her is the hardest reality of this young childs life.

5 Re: Everyone Failed Danieal Kelly on Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:27 pm

Lizard

avatar
Admin
Father of Danieal Kelly to stand trial in 2010

The father of a disabled West Philadelphia girl who starved to death in 2006 is set to stand trial along with three other people late next year.Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart said yesterday that Daniel Kelly would stand trial in November 2010 on charges of endangering the welfare of a child in the death of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly.

Authorities say Kelly abandoned his daughter, who had cerebral palsy, used a wheelchair, and was completely dependent on her family. The girl was found dead in her bed inside a filthy and sweltering apartment on Memorial Avenue near Viola Street on Aug. 4, 2006. She weighed just 42 pounds and her body was infested with maggots.Three social-service workers also face charges. Two are charged with involuntary manslaughter and tampering with records to cover up failures to check on the girl. The third is charged with endangerment and perjury.

Danieal Kelly's mother, Andrea, pleaded guilty to third-degree murder and was sentenced on April 29 to 20 to 40 years in prison. Four others have also pleaded guilty.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/20090919_Father_of_Danieal_Kelly_to_stand_trial_in_2010.html

http://www.areop.com

6 Re: Everyone Failed Danieal Kelly on Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:32 pm

Lizard

avatar
Admin
Tracey Hermann got 50 years for baby Benjamin, and Andrea got 20 to 40 for Danieal. Doesn't that break your heart? Andrea was THE person most responsible for Danieal, and Danieal's condition deteriorated over months or even years.

I'm not trying to compare cases...they both break my heart. But it strikes me that "calculating" justice is a hard task, indeed.

http://www.areop.com

7 Re: Everyone Failed Danieal Kelly on Tue Sep 22, 2009 8:38 am

Kitty

avatar
Pretty Much Settled in
Pretty Much Settled in
It's horrendous.. I am glad at least that she will will rot in jail for a good long time.. Also impressed that the absent "father" is going to be prosecuted as well.

Thank you for the update Liz

8 Re: Everyone Failed Danieal Kelly on Fri Sep 25, 2009 11:16 pm

Lizard

avatar
Admin
A former Philadelphia special-education teacher who moonlighted at the private social-service agency involved in the starvation death of Danieal Kelly admitted to a federal judge today that she created bogus records to show at-risk children got in-home services they never received.

Patricia Burch pleaded guilty...to one count of lying - under oath - to the federal grand jury investigating an alleged multi-million fraud scheme by officials of MultiEthnic Behavioral Health Inc.

On Jan. 31, 2008, Burch told the grand jury that two of MultiEthnic's co-founders, Mickal Kamuvaka and Solomon Manamela, asked her to create progress notes and other reports for the agency's cases and sign their names to the records.

Yesterday, Burch, 56, admitted she lied when she further testified to the grand jury, telling the panel that she consistently refused to falsify the reports. MultiEthnic needed the paperwork to show city auditors to prove provided in-home services to about 500 at-risk families under a $3.7-million city contract.

Although Burch's work for MultiEthnic did not involve the 2006 death of Kelly, prosecutors say half of MultiEthnic's clients never got services the city paid for.
...
Assistant U.S. Attorney Vineet Gauri said Burch would testify against Kamuvaka and others at their federal trial on Feb. 1. Though her sentence will depend on how prosecutors assess her cooperation, Burch's plea agreement means she faces a likely prison sentence of three to four years under federal sentencing guidelines.
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20090925_Plea_in_case_linked_to_starved_girls_death.html

"Although Burch's work for MultiEthnic did not involve the 2006 death of Kelly, prosecutors say half of MultiEthnic's clients never got services the city paid for."

Jesus Christ.

http://www.areop.com

9 Re: Everyone Failed Danieal Kelly on Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:51 am

Kitty

avatar
Pretty Much Settled in
Pretty Much Settled in
It stands to reason that if one little girl was ignored, neglected and allowed to die on their watch, other children were also seriously at risk. Even in the sorrow of Danieal's horrendous death, there is a bright light- by exposing the wrong-doings of those barbarous so-called social workers, hopefully other children have been saved from sharing her fate.

Sponsored content


View previous topic View next topic Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum