14 year old died of starvation. parents to sue city!!
August 13, 2008 12:21pm CST
can you believe this? the parents are actually sue the city for what they did.!this is not right in a lot of ways. PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The parents charged in the starvation death of their bedridden daughter have sued the city, alleging that dangerous and reckless actions by several municipal employees and contract workers contributed to the girl's death. The lawsuit outraged prosecutors, who have charged Andrea Kelly, 39, with murder in the death of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly, who had cerebral palsy and died two years ago from malnutrition and maggot-infested bedsores. Danieal's father, Daniel Kelly of Darby, did not live with the girl but is charged with child endangerment. The wrongful death suit, filed earlier this month, seeks reimbursement for medical bills, funeral costs and other expenses. Lawyers said they filed the suit to protect the interests of the victim's siblings. "The parents are not seeking any money from this," attorney Brian Mildenberg said. "The potential beneficiaries are the brothers and sisters and the parents, but the parents may be disqualified by a conviction or a civil finding of abandonment." Prosecutors were angered. "I think it's an obscenity. I cannot imagine that people in that situation who did what they did to their own daughter are attempting to profit from it," Assistant District Attorney Ed McCann, head of the city's homicide unit, told the Philadelphia Daily News. Defendants include the city Department of Human Services, the state Department of Public Welfare, a behavioral health contractor and two now-fired city caseworkers who have been criminally charged in the case. It was not immediately clear if the lawsuit was on behalf of all nine of Danieal's siblings. A separate suit filed on behalf of her oldest sibling, 19-year-old Troy Washington, names similar defendants and claims he suffered "substantial mental pain" from his sister's death. •
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• United States
13 Aug 08
This is disgusting! Are the parents trying to deny their responsibility If there are nine other children, one as old as 129, why didn't they help their sister? Is the psychological pain they suffer guilt? If not, it certainly should be! Children are the responsibility of their parents. Social service agancies will take those children if the parents are unable to take care of their kids, especially those who are handicapped. How dare these people even consider asking for any sort of rewards for their unconscionable behavior! All over the world, there are people begging to be allowed to adopt children. When someone like these parents abuses a child, it slaps the faces of those who want so much to care for children, and can't do it. Thia whole situation is absolutley beyond horrible!
• United States
13 Aug 08
Wow, this is crazy. People are getting more ignorant every day. The parent's should be the ones sued for neglect because why would a child die of starvation and the parents aren't the one to blame? If it isn't the parents fault, then who's fault is it!?!? These people need to think before they get themselves in a even worse position. Bunnybon7, avoid copying and pasting full articles because that's against MyLot's TOS. Next time, put about half the article and put the link at the end so the users can be redirected there because you are most likely not the original author.