Ga. teen starved to death despite state involvement

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 9:36 AM
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ATLANTA -- Huddled overnight beneath the shopping carts at Walmart, Markea Berry confided in her journal that she would rather live at the store than at home.

The next day, after store employees found her wandering among the produce, the Smyrna teen told police she had run away because she didn’t want to be a burden on her mother. She was 14, but she was so small and skinny that she looked five years younger.

Now, less than two years later, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Markea is dead; at the time of her death in June she weighed 43 pounds. The mother she wanted not to burden, Ebony Berry, is charged with murder. She is accused of starving her daughter to death despite multiple investigations over nearly 10 years by child protection workers in Michigan and later in Georgia.

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BamaMan
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BamaMan 07/31/12 - 08:52 am
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So...

...what is wrong with THIS story??!! Read the entire story, you might just want to throw up.

LLArms
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LLArms 07/31/12 - 09:18 am
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Life in Prison

The mother should lose her life as well, in a sense of life in prison. There she can contemplate what she has done and ask God for forgiveness because she will receive none here on Earth.

grinder48
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grinder48 07/31/12 - 09:28 am
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WOW!
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How could that be allowed to happen?!

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/31/12 - 09:42 am
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This is the same agency that

This is the same agency that will hound you to death if someone reports you for popping an unruly child's bottom in Walmart. A completed "case" is a check mark for their performance appraisal and it doesn't matter to them if it's butt popping or a truly abused and starving child. They get graded on production just like everyone else. Our Politically Correct definition of child abuse has turned our priorities upside down by putting a well deserved spanking on par with a starving abused child.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 07/31/12 - 10:04 am
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Sadly, the only shock is that

Sadly, the only shock is that more children don't die.

As long as DFCS and the juvenile courts operate in secret, this will continue to happen.

cheapster505
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cheapster505 07/31/12 - 10:15 am
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read on

read the whole story LAST line says it all guess there is a Lawsuit there
didn't want anything to do with DCFS now blame DCFS for NOT doing their job

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/31/12 - 10:58 am
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So Horrible

This is such a sad story, God bless this childs soul, this mother and DCFS need to both be responsible for this childs death, what a horrible existence she much have endured. It is hard to imagine anyone doing something like this to any child. WHY wasn't she taken out of the home????

CABoatright
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CABoatright 07/31/12 - 11:07 am
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Mandatory sterilization...not
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Mandatory sterilization...not fit to reproduce.

saywhatagain
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saywhatagain 07/31/12 - 12:53 pm
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Only ones to blame

As a parent of three children, my wife and I can with all confidence state the only ones to blame are the mother and father. Strip away all the political correctness, the poor pitiful me mantra, lack of education, economic status, environment, the I'm a victim mindset, the government conspiracy theories, and only one thing remains: The Parents. Children are a gift from God and they spit on His gift.

lifelongresident
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lifelongresident 07/31/12 - 01:51 pm
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lets see mother (bearing and
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lets see mother (bearing and raising children out of wedlock), another one of "barry's people", in the system to the point of child services are involved, she refuses to cooperate and the child IS NOT REMOVED FROM THE HOME now the poor child is dead and child services are now covering their arses..."duh, ummmm, ahhhh eyes dooose believes dats weees don't know what happen tooose da child...weees thought she was ok"

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Patty-P 07/31/12 - 03:07 pm
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good point dichotomy.

good point dichotomy.

KSL
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KSL 07/31/12 - 05:10 pm
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When did it change from DFACS

When did it change from DFACS to the new alphabet soup?

KSL
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KSL 07/31/12 - 05:16 pm
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Insider, the operation in

Insider, the operation in secret is not the problem unless, of course, both the agency and the court have become corrupt.

KSL
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KSL 07/31/12 - 05:31 pm
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I read the entire article

I read the entire article including the link. Was there any indication that her other children were in the same condition? No. Was there information that this particular child had behavior problems? Yes according to the article. Did this idiot mother have the sense to seek help? Apparently not since she refused any type of intervention. Where was her family or the father and the father's family? Nope, nowhere in the report. and now it's all being turned over to the Nanny State for not being able to keep this from happening. This is a huge example of how the Nanny State wants to take over and the job they do when they take over.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 07/31/12 - 08:18 pm
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Well...

Well, KSL, I can't add anything to that, bout sums it up.

boomhauer
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boomhauer 08/01/12 - 07:23 am
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That is just terrible from
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That is just terrible from the mother (I use that term loosely) to the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. As a child, to not feel wanted or loved is the worst way to die. I'm disgusted!

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