Parents charged in girl's death sue

Aug. 12, 2008 at 7:13 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- The parents of a girl whose mother allegedly starved her to death are suing the state of Pennsylvania and city of Philadelphia.

A recent grand jury report described Danieal Kelly's death two years ago in detail. The emaciated body of the 14-year-old girl, who had cerebral palsy, was found in her mother's basement, her back covered with sores.

Pennsylvania Chief Deputy Attorney General Barry N. Kramer, filed a motion Monday to dismiss the parents' suit against the state, the Philadelphia Daily News reported.

"Despite their egregious denial of her existence in life, they now seek to profit by her tragic death that they caused," he said in court papers.

Andrea Kelly allegedly kept her daughter hidden because she was embarrassed by her. She has been charged with murder while the father, Daniel, who did not live with his wife, faces lesser charges. Several social workers have also been charged in the case.

An attorney for the parents said they are not seeking money for themselves but for Danieal's siblings. He said the parents recognize they will receive nothing from her estate if they are convicted.

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