Opening statements begin in Danieal Kelly trial

    Opening arguments will begin today in the trial for the father and social workers for Danieal Kelly, who died from neglect in 2006.

    Kelly’s mother is already service a prison sentence for her role in the 14-year-old’s death. Kelly, who had cerebral palsy, was found emaciated in her mother’s West Philadelphia apartment.

    Today’s court term will be an abbreviated one because of the holiday weekend, but the Inquirer reports the assistant district attorneys expect to call at least one witness before the recess.

    On trial are Kelly’s father, Daniel Kelly; former DHS worker Dana Poindexter and Mickal Kamuvaka, chief administrator of MultiEthnic Behavioral Health Inc. Kamuvaka’s firm was hired to oversee the the care of Kelly and her eight siblings at her mother’s home.

    We’ll have coverage from the courthouse.

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