THE SHORT, HORRIFIC LIFE OF DANIEAL KELLY
Danieal’s life was not always so horrific, by all accounts, when she lived with her father and his girlfriend in Arizona, she appears to have been a happy, well cared for child.
Pictures from this time in her life show her horseback riding, attending school, and attending parties. She appears healthy and well fed…and happy, her smile lights up the room.
Unfortunately, this happy time in her life did not last, in 2003, Daniel Kelly moved back to Philidelphia with Danieal and in with Danieal’s mother, Andrea Kelly…and although Daniel Kelly, at the time, had custody of Danieal, when he moved out of the family home…he did not take Danieal with him, he left her in the care of Andrea Kelly…her mother…a woman who wouldn’t even touch her, take her out in public, or lift a finger to take care of her.
Despite the neglectful and severely abusive life Danieal was left in she did have love in her life….her brother fought for her, he begged her mother to help her, he begged her to call 911…and when he could not get his mother to take care of Danieal…he did all that he could to try and take care of her himself….He is the hero in this case and my heart goes out to him….I am sure you brought your sister comfort with the love that you showed her.
Many people did try to help Danieal, numerous calls were made to CPS…reports were made and although Child Protective Services was already involved with Danieal’s family…were supposed to be monitoring her care, they repeatedly ignored these reports and did not even lift a finger to check on her.
As a matter of fact, when Danieal died, these worker threw a party…a document forging party, they altered the records to show that they had went to the home, they had protected this child…they fabricated a totally different story then the one that had really occurred. They did not care that Danieal Kelly was dead, they didn’t care that she suffered an infinite amount of pain…all they cared about was protecting their own worthless asses.
What I am about to post on this page is horrific, heartbreaking and graphic, you have been forewarned. I will not apologize for posting Danieal’s story on this blog, nor for posting the photo taken during her autopsy, because although it breaks my heart to post such horrible images, this story has to be told. People need to see what was done to this child to understand the cruel manner in which this child died.
Danieal’s story not only breaks my heart…it pisses me the fuck off and now that the charges against these “social workers” have been filed I will state loud and clear…these charges are not enough for what they allowed to happen to this child! These people deserve far worse then this.
To the Social Workers: You are murderers, every single one of you and you deserve so much worse for the suffering that you allowed this child to endure while you sat on your asses and did nothing to protect her. I don’t know how you can even look at yourself in the mirror, how you can even stand to be in your own pathetic company…oh that’s right, I forgot, it is all about covering your own ass, you don’t give a fuck about this child or what you allowed to happen to her. I hope you all rot in hell.
Here is the article describing the charges that have been pressed against these worthless pieces of shit….after them I have posted Danieal’s story, the grand jury report and the autopsy photo…once you have viewed them…you tell me if the crimes these people have been charged with are enough for what they have done….I don’t think so, but I want to hear what you think.
Pa. social workers charged after starvation death
By MARYCLAIRE DALE – 1 day ago
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — By all accounts, there is blame to go around for the 2006 starvation death of disabled teenager Danieal Kelly.
Her mother pleaded guilty to murder this week for criminally neglecting the once-vivacious girl. Her case worker and a supervisor are charged with involuntary manslaughter for alleged “ghost visits” to the family’s squalid home.
On Friday, federal prosecutors took aim at their entire company, MultiEthnic Behavioral Services, which had a $1 million-a-year contract with the city to provide in-home services to needy families.
“At some point, they realized they could get paid for doing nothing,” U.S. Attorney Laurie Magid said at a news conference.
Magid’s office charged four company founders and four social workers of the now-defunct firm with fraud, and a ninth with perjury before a grand jury.
Company owners furiously forged documents before routine audits and in the panic that followed Danieal’s death, the federal indictment charges. Worried supervisors tried to destroy computer evidence and client files, prosecutors said.
FBI agent Janice Fedarcyk called it “almost inconceivable” that the defendants would further risk the lives of needy children just to enrich themselves.
The defendants, including case worker Julius Murray and company co-founder Michal Kamuvaka, were expected to make initial appearances Friday afternoon in federal court.
Murray’s lawyer recently said he insists he made the visits, a claim that Ed McCann, chief prosecutor in the city’s homicide unit, calls “ludicrous.”
Danieal, who used a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy, appeared chubby-cheeked and joyous in photos taken on school outings in Arizona, where she lived with her father and stepmother.
But after the couple split, Daniel Kelly returned with Danieal to Philadelphia and abandoned her at the chaotic home of her unfit mother, who eventually had nine children living there, a city grand jury found. The father was charged last year with child endangerment.
At her plea this week, Andrea Kelly said she wished she “could have done more to save” her daughter. She denied her food, water or medical care, even when her distressed son tried to intervene.
District Attorney Lynne Abraham called the girl’s death slow and torturous.
Family members had long sounded alarms about Danieal’s demise to Andrea Kelly.
Red flags were likewise raised about MultiEthnic.
The company was formed specifically to bid on the city contract — though prosecutors said one founder had a criminal record — and took in $3.7 million from 2003 to 2006, when it dissolved in the wake of Danieal’s death. It had frequent staff turnover and sometimes relied on student interns to make the visits, McCann said.
As early as 2003, clients told the Department of Human Services that the visits weren’t always made, McCann said. The DHS commissioner knew about the complaints. Yet the yearly contract kept getting renewed.
“It’s not just MultiEthnic’s fault. It’s DHS’ fault, too, for not doing what they were expected to do,” District Attorney Lynne Abraham said Friday.
The city’s top two commissioners were ousted after Danieal’s death, and the department is now being revamped under new leadership, she said. Authorities considered criminal charges against DHS officials but could not make a case for them, she said Friday. Two former city social workers are charged in state court with child endangerment.
Andrea Kelly, 38, was sentenced after her plea to 20 to 40 years in prison.
The MultiEthnic founders — Kamuvaka, 60; Solomon Manamela, 51; Earle McNeill, 69; and Manuelita Buenaflor, 65, all of Philadelphia — face about six to eight years in prison if convicted, and Murray and the other four employees about three to five years.
Copyright © 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT:
This is what was done to Danieal Kelly…You look at this picture and tell me that the charges fit the crime in this case!! They are no where near enough to offer even a hint of justice to Danieal. Danieal’s deserved better than this, she deserved to be protected and the people who were paid to protect her owed the duty to do so…they purposely failed to protect this child and should be charged with first degree, premeditated murder…they knew what they were doing, they knew by not doing their jobs that they were endangering the lives of children and their frantic actions after Danieal’s death proves that they also knew that they were responsible for her death!
Despite Reports that Danieal Kelly, Who Suffered from Cerebral Palsy, was Being Abused and Not Cared for Properly, Philadelphia’s DHS Failed to Take Actionhttp://www.associatedcontent.com/article/927941/the_death_of_danieal_kelly_philadelphias.html?cat=8
Danieal Kelly, the third of Andrea Kelly’s nine children by five fathers, was 14-years-old when her curled, 42-pound body, starved body was found on August 4, 2006.
Police and paramedics were called to Danieal’s West Philadelphia home and when they opened her bedroom door, the stench of decay hit them. Danieal, who had been dead for several hours, was on a dirty mattress surrounded by feces. Maggot-infested bedsores covered her back. She had been on the mattress for such a long time, the shape of her body was imprinted into the mattress. A grand jury report was released this week, indicting nine people and describing Danieal’s life of pain, neglect, abuse and eventual death.
Danieal Kelly suffered from cerebral palsy and, according to a grand jury report, her mother was said to be “embarrassed by her disabled daughter, didn’t want to touch her, take her out in public, change her diapers or make sure she had enough fluids.” According to a grand jury report, Andrea Kelly’s family and friends constantly confronted her about Danieal’s deteriorating condition, but while she would promise to get help for her, she failed to do so, and eventually banished the concerned relatives from her home. While Danieal’s condidtion worsened, Andrea Kelly was said to have entertained, attended classes and tended to her other children.
Danieal was not enrolled in school or given medical attention. The report stated that Andrea Kelly “rebuffed one of her sons when he begged her several times to call 911 to get help for Danieal in her final days.”
The house where Andrea Kelly lived with her nine children was in squalor, with mattresses on the floor. Kelly’s other children are now in foster care, including the baby she gave birth to the fall after Danieal’s death, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
According to reports, Daniel Kelly, long separated from Andrea Kelly, had custody of Danieal and her brother Daniel in 1995, when he moved to Arizona and lived with a girlfriend who cared for the girl. Those years are documented with photographs of her riding a pony, at a party at a bowling alley, and smiling with classmates in her special needs class. When Daniel Kelly broke up with his girlfriend in 2001, the girl was withdrawn from school. In 2003, he returned to Philadelphia and asked his estranged wife and her other children to move in with him. Soon after, he moved out, abandoning Danieal to Andrea Kelly’s care.
Danieal was supposed to be under the supervision of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services (“DHS”), but a grand jury investigation has uncovered gross negligence in this girl’s care. A 258-page grand jury report documented that neither DHS nor the now defunct, non-profit agency MultiEthnic Behavioral Health Inc., which was out-sourced to follow Danieal’s case, had even seen the girl or properly reported on her care during their tenure. Neighbors contacted DHS numerous times reporting that Danieal was in danger, but those complaints were ignored. Anthony Miller, the father of some of Andrea Kelly’s children, called the DHS hotline on April 20, 2005.
The grand jury states: “Mr. Miller said he was moved to make the report to DHS because ‘I seen Danieal Kelly upstairs in a hot room laying in pee, no curtains, no blinds, no fans, just laying in pee.'” Mr. Miller said no one from DHS ever contacted him.
Nine people have been indicted in her death: her mother, charged with murder, and her father, charged with endangering the welfare of children. In addition, four social workers, suspected of falsifying home visits and progress reports, have been charged with crimes including involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, forgery, tampering with public records, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children. Three of Andrea Kelly’s friends were charged with perjury for lying to the grand jury about the girl’s condition before her death.
The Philadelphia Inquirer this week reported that Assistant Health Commissioner Carmen Paris resigned the day after the release of the grand jury report. Paris was acting health commissioner and oversaw the Medical Examiner’s Office in August of 2006 when Danieal was found dead. Paris allegedly tried to cover up the details of Danieal’s death and told the doctor who performed Danieal’s autopsy and a supervisor in the Medical Examiner’s Office “not to speak to anybody,” not even homicide detectives, about the case. While Paris has not yet been charged with a crime, District Attorney Lynne Abraham said charges could not be ruled out.
Danieal’s case was brought to the public’s attention in late 2006 when the Philadelphia Inquirer published a series of articles focusing attention on the failings of DHS, particularly on the case of Danieal Kelly, and over 20 other children who died while they or their families were supposed to be under the supervision of DHS.