Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The death of Danieal Kelly: an update

The New York Times reports that the parents of Danieal Kelly are suing the City of Philadelphia, arguing that the actions of several municipal employees and contract workers contributed to her death. As reported in earlier posts, Danieal Kelly, age 14, had cerebral palsy, and died in 2006 from starvation and neglect. Her mother, Andrea Kelly, 39, has been charged with her murder, and her father, Daniel Kelly, has been charged with child endangerment. The wrongful death lawsuit seeks reimbursement for medical bills, funeral costs and other expenses. An attorney for the parents said they filed the suit to protect the interests of siblings. According to this UPI report, prosecutors are outraged by the parents lawsuit, and have filed a motion to dismiss it.