December 10, 2006 |
Almost from the day she was born - three months premature, suffering from cerebral palsy, weighing just 1 pound, 4 ounces - the adults in her life kept letting Danieal Kelly down. She had a mother who was repeatedly accused of neglecting Danieal and her eight brothers and sisters. Her father was an intermittent presence - and faced his own charges of abusing her brother. Like so many other vulnerable children who couldn't depend on their parents, wheelchair-bound Danieal was supposed to be protected by the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, with help from a team of private social workers.
August 7, 2000 |
If you ever heard Jack Edelstein speak in public, chances are you didn't know what the heck he was talking about. But that's OK. Chances are he didn't either. "He was the king of double-talk," said Michael Nathanson, a nephew. "He'd start talking and you'd think he was making sense. But, after a while you would realize that he really wasn't saying anything. That was his shtick. " Edelstein, a longtime Eagles football statistician and master of gobbledygook who hobnobbed with the rich and famous and kept 'em laughing at hundreds of celebrity roasts and charity events in the Delaware Valley and elsewhere, died of liver cancer on Friday at his home.
September 11, 2013 |
USUALLY prosecutors and crime victims are on the same team in court. But the family of Shane Kelly, 27, exited a Philadelphia courtroom yesterday grumbling with disgust over how Kelly's two confessed murderers were treated by the criminal-justice system. Ryan McManus, 22, the gunman, and Richard Smith, 20, his accomplice, each could have received prison sentences of 100-plus years if a jury convicted them on all counts in the fatal shooting of Kelly during a botched street robbery in Fishtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 13, 2011.
June 29, 1999 |
J. Vincent Deeney, 84, a retired bricklayer and former Olympic oarsman, died of complications from a stroke Friday at his home in Sharon Hill. Mr. Deeney and fellow oarsman Joe Toland of Philadelphia won the national championship in the double oars and represented the United States in the 1948 Olympics on the Thames in London. They were eliminated after finishing second to Hungary in the semifinals. For nearly 30 years, Mr. Deeney, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, worked as a bricklayer for the John B. Kelly Construction Co. He got to know Kelly through his affiliation with rowing at the Vesper Club.
November 26, 2009 |
Growing up in East Falls, Lizanne Kelly and an older sister, Grace, acted in productions at the Old Academy Players in Philadelphia. Grace would go on to become an Academy Award-winning actress and a princess. Lizanne would become an accomplished athlete, a community volunteer, a wife, a mother, and devoted "Aunt Lizzie" to Grace's three children and other nieces and nephews. Elizabeth "Lizanne" Kelly Le Vine, 76, died of cancer Tuesday at the Quadrangle, a retirement community in Haverford.
July 6, 2011 |
A Philadelphia social worker told a jury this morning that the West Philadelphia house in which Danieal Kelly starved to death was "one of the worst I'd ever seen. " "The house was deplorable, full of clothing and debris. The smell was atrocious; it hit you when you first walked in," said John Dougherty, a social worker with the city's Department of Human Services. Dougherty, who worked in a special DHS unit for at-risk children, said he fielded the Aug. 4, 2006, telephone call reporting the discovery of a child's body in the 1700 block of Memorial Avenue.
August 23, 2008 |
Calling him a "flight risk," a Philadelphia judge yesterday refused to reduce the $50,000 bail for the father of Danieal Kelly, the 14-year-old girl who starved to death in 2006 in her mother's West Philadelphia apartment. Daniel Kelly, 37, has been in prison since he and his estranged wife and seven other people were charged with playing a part in the Aug. 4, 2006, death of Danieal, who had cerebral palsy. Defense attorney Evan S. Shingles called the bail exorbitant and asked Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo to reduce it to $15,000.
February 17, 2010 |
On the day Manuelita Buenaflor learned that 14-year-old Danieal Kelly of West Philadelphia had died, the social-service administrator with two doctoral degrees said she was sad but unsurprised. Buenaflor was the "quality-assurance" director for the agency responsible for ensuring the well-being of Kelly and hundreds of other children. But Buenaflor said she knew that the MultiEthnic Behavior Health Inc. workers regularly failed to make the home visits required by their contract with Philadelphia.
January 8, 1990 |
The last of the family members whose force and personality made the Kellys of Philadelphia a legendary clan has died. Margaret Majer Kelly, the matriarch of a family that captured and held the city's attention and imagination through several decades, died Saturday. She was 91. She died of pneumonia in a convalescent home in Linwood, N.J., not far from Ocean City, where the Kelly family had long maintained a summer home. She had been a resident of the nursing home since 1982, and had suffered several strokes in recent years.
January 13, 2012 |
Kevin Kelly recently earned his first win of the season as a 120-pound wrestler for Triton, but the sophomore's best work is done off the mat, usually well before the sun comes up. For a 16-year-old youngster, Kelly has taken a tremendous amount of responsibility in helping keep his family together after tragedy struck. In August, his mother, Rebecca Kelly, 45, died of a heart ailment, according to her husband, also named Kevin. Now there are just the elder Kevin Kelly and his two children, Kevin and 9-year-old daughter Shelby.