A Timeline of Neglect

Posted: August 01, 2008

Jan. 3, 1992: Danieal Kelly is born in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of Andrea and Daniel Kelly. Danieal, who has cerebral palsy, is the third of 10 children born to Andrea Kelly by five fathers.

1994: Daniel and Andrea Kelly separate. Andrea Kelly moves with her children to Philadelphia.

1995: Daniel Kelly takes Danieal and a son, Daniel, to Pittsburgh after he hears their mother is not taking care of them. In an interview, the father says the two children had rotting teeth and had not been to a doctor in years. He and the children later move to Arizona.

1997: In Philadelphia, the Department of Human Services opens its first investigation into the Andrea Kelly family. A report says Danieal's 3-year-old brother had bug-infested clothes and decaying teeth. DHS sustains the neglect finding and selects a private agency, Pathways of Pa., to help the family. It provides assistance until March 1999.

1999: DHS opens its second investigation of neglect involving the Kelly children but finds allegations unsubstantiated.

2000: Arizona authorities charge Daniel Kelly with violating a protective order. At some point, authorities there also substantiate a child-abuse complaint. He says he spanked his son in public, but did not abuse him.

December 2002: DHS receives its first complaints about MultiEthnic Behavioral Health, the private agency that would later be hired to check on Danieal Kelly: Company workers were not making home visits as required, and were falsifying records, according to the grand-jury report. DHS takes no action.

Summer 2003: Danieal moves back to Philadelphia with her father and brother.

Aug. 21, 2003: DHS receives its first call claiming neglect that involves Danieal. DHS has the case open for two years, and finally closes it as unsubstantiated.

2004: Daniel and Danieal rejoin their mother as their parents briefly reunite.

May 12, 2004: DHS opens a new investigation into the family. This inquiry looks into an allegation that Andrea is not providing proper medical care for Danieal. DHS closes the case, with the complaint deemed unsubstantiated.

June 20, 2004 to Sept. 13, 2005: DHS receives three more complaints that the mother does not properly care for Danieal.

October 2005: DHS begins the seventh investigation into a complaint alleging "lack of supervision, poor home conditions." It hires MultiEthnic Behavioral Health Inc. to check on the children's medical treatment, monitor the children's school attendance, solve "housing issues," and address Danieal's medical needs.

April 2006: Philadelphia school officials realize that Danieal needs to be enrolled in school. The enrollment process is still incomplete at the time of Danieal's death.

June 29, 2006: A DHS worker briefly visits the Kelly home - failing to even enter Danieal's bedroom, the grand-jury report says.

Aug. 3, 2006: One of Danieal's siblings asks Andrea Kelly to call police or an ambulance for Danieal. She refuses, the grand-jury report says.

Aug. 4, 2006: An ambulance is called only after it is clear that Danieal is dead. Her emaciated body is found with maggots crawling in bedsores, which went to the bone. Paramedics say the house is strewn with trash and "unfit for human habitation." Danieal's seven remaining brothers and sisters are removed from Andrea Kelly's custody.

Aug. 4 2006: MultiEthnic officials allegedly begin falsifying documents to hide the agency's negligence, the grand-jury report says.

Oct. 6, 2006: In the aftermath of Danieal Kelly's death, DHS terminates its contract with MultiEthnic.

Oct. 10, 2006: Christian Kelly, the 10th child of Andrea Kelly, is born. DHS takes custody in the hospital.

Oct: 19, 2006: After The Inquirer reports on the deaths of other children while under DHS care, Mayor John F. Street is shown photographs of Danieal Kelly. He fires DHS Commissioner Cheryl Ransom-Garner and her top deputy.

November 2006: Danieal's death is ruled a homicide.

May 31, 2007: A child-welfare panel calls for sweeping reforms in DHS policies and procedures, including the supervision of private contractors such as MultiEthnic.

July 31, 2008: Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne M. Abraham announces indictments of nine people, including Andrea and Daniel Kelly, and workers for MultiEthnic and DHS. Abraham also calls for the state to take over DHS.


SOURCES: Grand-jury report issued yesterday and previous DHS reports.

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