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Grand Jury
Investigation of DHS
On July 31, 2008, a Grand Jury released the findings of its investigation into the death of 14-year-old Danieal Kelly, a disabled girl who died of neglect while under the protective services of DHS and a private contract agency.

The Grand Jury issued a presentment recommending criminal charges against Danieal's parents and against employees of DHS and the private agency. The recommendations include the charge of murder against Andrea Kelly, the mother, and endangering the welfare of children against Daniel Kelly, Danieal's father. Two DHS social workers, Dana Poindexter and Laura Sommerer, are charged with endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person. Mickal Kamuvaka, who directed the private agency, MultiEthnic Behavioral Health, and one of the agency's employees, Julius Murray, are charged with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children, forgery, and other related offenses. Poindexter, Kamuvaka, and three friends of Andrea Kelly are also charged with perjury.

The Presentment and the Grand Jury Report are available below:

Download the Presentment
Download the Grand Jury Report

The Grand Jury also issued a Report of its findings and recommendations for legislative action. The Grand Jury found that Danieal's death was easily preventable. It identified serious problems at DHS and called for increased accountability and transparency at the agency.