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Danieal Kelly

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.



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!


Danieal Kelly Autopsy Photo
Danieal Kelly Autopsy Photo


Despite Reports that Danieal Kelly, Who Suffered from Cerebral Palsy, was Being Abused and Not Cared for Properly, Philadelphia’s DHS Failed to Take Action

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.




    • Ricki
    • Posted May 21, 2009 at 7:55 pm
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    Omg this poor girl couldnt care for herself and her horriible family actually WANTED her to suffer. she couldnt help it that she was “the way she is”.

    • Michelle
    • Posted June 3, 2009 at 12:33 am
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    All I can say now, even though it’s been some time, is that poor Danieal never even had a bath in all that time she laid there. No hygiene whatsoever! I can’t imagine the pain and what she must have been thinking…why? what did she do? We have two girls ages 6 and 9. Our 9-year old has CP and I couldn’t imagine that ever happening to her. It’s ironic, the pictures of Danieal having fun, you could mistake for my daughter. They would have been fast friends if they had met. Same love of life and laughter and she also loves to sing. She’s loved by all her teachers and friends at school and she is included in activities. We do everything together and her younger sister is such a little helper, it’s amazing to see her try to help when we are getting ready to go out, you know, we just put her chair in the van and we go everywhere. They could have been sisters. Same complexion, both wear glasses, smile. I told my girls a little about Danieal but not too graphic and we say a prayer for her soul and all the kids that need help. I found out about Danieal in August of 2008, so for me it’s gonna be awhile to get over it, if ever. These punishments are not enough!

    • Anonymous
    • Posted June 12, 2009 at 10:21 pm
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    how is it possible that the school district of Philadelphia had NO idea this child existed if DHS was involved???
    I find it very interesting that noone has questioned why the school district should not be held accountable in any way, shape or form.

    • destine
    • Posted October 14, 2009 at 9:46 pm
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    that entire family should rot in hell and everyone involved.that is disgusting and a pure disgrace. i dont know how anyone can live with themselves. i had cp when til i was 3-4 years old, my mom and dad cared for me and prayed for me everyday, it mysteriously went away.that was a gift from god. i could only imagine if i was not cared for in that condition. these ppl deserve a life sentence and they deserve to suffer. thats how i feel about that.

  1. i’ll tell you it took along time for this child to get this away.i took care of my step daughter/she was CP she lived to be 37 years old.and was one of the most lovable young person you could every takes alot of work to care for a child with cp.but the love they give you back in return is well worth heart breaks for this little child.oh yes you bet your ass’s the case workers knew this child was being mistreated.those damn bitch’s should be roped down on cold cemant feel the pain of what they allowed this child to go thurit would.nt of hurt one of them to pick this child up and hug this piss’s me off just royally piss’s me off

    • Anonymous
    • Posted February 2, 2010 at 8:56 am
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    this is the saddest story i have ever heard in my life. the parents of this child should be sentenced to life.. they deserve whatever they get…fucking bastards,,,

    • cc
    • Posted February 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm
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    SICK!!!! Everyone involved in Danieal’s death should be put away for life without a chance to get out. No trial needed – why waste a dime on these sick/twisted people. They should get a taste of their own medicine and be left to rot in a cell. What comes around goes around and their hell is coming.

    • Tini518
    • Posted April 6, 2010 at 5:43 pm
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    I hope anyone who had any degree of involvement in Danieal’s death burns in hell!

    • UKRN
    • Posted April 29, 2010 at 2:16 am
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    Cerebral palsy is a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture – a condition caused ante-natally or at at birth, usually by lack of oxygen or by a trauma.
    Therapy can help compensate for the resultant disabilities but saying you were suddenly cured of it is like saying you were born with one leg and then suddenly grew the other one 3-4 years later.
    Me-too sympathy-suckers like you, who love to come up with this class of attention-seeking, morbidly self-identifying crap, are the bain of the internets.
    Your pathetically-ignorant misery-porn fantasy is a sickening disrespect to this poor child.

    And of course crap like yours invariably comes with value-added Fundie. Your all-loving, all-powerful skydaddy sees this and allows it, according to you. You live your life and code your morality – and in your case, a typically hypocritical one – by this absurdly lucky result of early social control invented by illiterate, barbaric shepherds 2500+ years ago.

    Just how would YOU explain the realities here?

    Don’t kid yourself that Danieal and the thousands of others like her are in some blissful fantasy of eternal life in the ever-loving arms of Jesus and the white-frock flying things.

    What you see above, what you read – THAT was her entire existence, all she had, and its over. Humans failed her but humans is all we got to sort this out.

    Get real.

    “The worst parents are the state” (from this RN: a confirmed bleeding-heart, happy-and-proud-to-pay-taxes-for-a-better-society liberal)

    • Jean McCall
    • Posted June 11, 2010 at 1:13 pm
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    I feel so sorry for this child. How can people be so cruel?

    • Keith K.
    • Posted June 17, 2010 at 5:26 am
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    I’m usually not judgemental towards others and I’m a firm believer in karma, but I feel everyone involved with the demise of this Angel of God should immediately burn in Hell. There is no forgiveness in a situation like this in my opinion.

    • angela
    • Posted August 8, 2010 at 7:53 pm
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    We can only hope that all the lazy, disgusing bastards involved in this truly horrific case rots in hell. While this was an unthinkable tragedy, let’s hope Danieal didn’t die in vain, and maybe some other children will be saved because of some changes in the system due to this case. I still shed tears for her, but Danieal is now an angel with God. Rest in peace sweet angel, your suffering is over. God bless you baby. Your star now shines eternal.

    • PATTY
    • Posted June 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm
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    This is so f……. up this is what gets me mad ,false reports and the fact that they still get away with sh…t ,We all need to fight back and hold them accountable for there actions ,Thanks for reporting story

    • Anonymous
    • Posted October 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm
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    i feel so bad for this sweet child. the mother should rot in hell and the social workers should to . If anyone had a heart they would never have treated her that way .I am glad she is with god so no one can hurt her again .god bless you danieal.

    • Shahn
    • Posted December 19, 2011 at 6:46 am
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    Strangly I must be blind. I have only just heard about poor Danieal. I am from Australia and this is disgusting this beautiful girl was murdered by so many people. The punishments handed down to these killers is crazy a slap on the wrist is what they get for years and years of cruelty, neglect and torture. The FAT PIGS at the services should be killed possibly the same way as poor Danieal however I dont know anyone who could stomach such a horrible punishment. The mother!!!! let me at her!!!!!!. What makes a mother surly not just opening your legs and giving birth. I myself am unable to have children and have been trying for so very long perhaps this is my reason why, perhaps I have a stronger purpose and that could be to love and care for a child that is unwanted elsewhere so that this horrible outcome doesnt happen to that one I can love and carefor. Danieal may she now rest in peace and fly with the angels whilst smiling down at the pony that she was able to ride and enjoy for such a small moment in her life. Love you angel may you now rest in peace I am sorry I let you down and I am sorry that the world did not reach out to you…

  2. the father should be charged with murder too cause he left the child thair and abandend her he knew this would hapen he got custidy of her in the first place for a reason so he is just as gilty as the rest of them they should lock them all in single rooms no bed no blankets no food and a bulet proof windo showing good food and people eating it whiel they starve to death chain them to the wall so they hafto lay in thair own poop and pee every one of those worthles bastards from the mom to the dad andthe case workers GOD WILL PAY THEM BACK for what they did to her thank god for her brother i hope he is blest in his life

    • Nancy Stephens-King
    • Posted September 22, 2013 at 7:35 am
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    I hadn’t heard of this case either, though I have heard of other parents starving their children (sometimes to death). This story is most sad and disturbing. I cannot believe the social workers got off so easily. I hope while they do (or did) their time they thought about the needless, tragic death of Danieal Kelly, and how they took part in her death. I am just so stunned by this story my brain is having a difficult time processing it. People are able to do things like this? God Bless Danieal Kelly. I am speechless and numb.

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  2. […] Solomon Manamela, Valerie Mond, Wesley Brown Many of you will remember the horrific case of Danieal Kelly, who was starved to death by her mother under the neglectful and blind eye […]

  3. […] Look at the picture of little Daniael again in the second part of the film and see if anybody could have thought that child was okay two weeks before her tiny body gave out and she died? Also not widely known is the fact that when the police investigated the CPS caseworker they found a box under that worker’s desk full of candy and chip wrappers and underneath those at the bottom were 7 letters from people begging CPS to go out and investigate the fact that little Daniael was being tortured. All of those letters were unopened. While that worker snacked on chips and candy, Daniael Kelly was starving to death and her sheets were becoming interwoven with her skin and muscle. […]

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