Wednesday, August 20, 2008

It takes a lot to make me sick...

But this does it:

After allegedly starving their disabled daughter to death, the parents of Danieal Kelly turned around and sued the city for failing to protect the girl from them.
Andrea and Daniel Kelly, with the help of some greedy attorneys, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, state and outside social service contractors who were charged with supervising Danieal while she was under her mother's care.
The civil suit seeks reimbursement for medical bills, funeral and administrative expenses. The suit said the parents and the siblings were deprived of Danieal's "love, tutelage, companionship, support, comfort and consortium."

So a dispicible family starves their child to death, and then has the balls to sue the city for not stopping their heinous acts? And reading the discription given, it seems even more awful:

The suit was filed a day after the couple was charged in the death of Danieal, 14, who weighed just 42 pounds when her bedsore-ridden and maggot-infested corpse was found in a squalid West Philadelphia rowhouse on a feces stained bed, where she lived with her mother and siblings.

All of the "problems" the family faces is of their own making. Medical bills? Funeral arrangements? Mental anguish? Lawyers for criminal charges? Well, none of this would be an issue if you fed the poor girl now and again, maybe given her a clean mattress, so she wouldn't get a disease or bedsores, and had generally taken care of her. Her death costs are because you killed her, and your legal problems are well deserved. That any lawyer would take this case is disgusting. Hopefully these ambulance chasers will join the parents in jail.

Reading the complaint, I'm reminded of a scene from the movie The Condemned. Steve Austin walks into a room full of corpses to find the bad guy after a brutal mass murder. Trying to justify himself, the murderer begins blaming others, "You don't know me. I've had a hard life!" To which Austin replies dismissively, "Well, lucky for you, it's over now." I think a similar response is in order here. To their cries of "I miss her so much! We have been deprived of her love and company." The quick response should be "Don't worry, you're going to join her shortly."

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