It seems fitting to have the front page news story on Ebony Berry’s murder charge for her daughter, Markea, on April 2, since April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
We as a society failed poor little Markea. As a former employee of the Cobb County Department of Family and Children Service, I know firsthand how the system works and it truly does need an overhaul. How many more deaths should we be forced to endure? You can’t put a price on a life; however, Markea’s life is just as important as President Obama’s.
The public cannot even imagine how many false child abuse reports are made on a daily basis. An example would be when parents are getting a divorce and custody is an issue.
When one parent falsely accuses the other of abusing their children, it must be investigated. The child must then be interviewed by the police, counselors, case workers, hospital personnel. This in turn does indeed scar the child, which I imagine is not the intent of the accuser. Imagine all the hours of work that are wasted as well the money spent investigating such false claims. This takes time and resources away from the children, like Markea, who desperately need help.
I am positive that Ms. Berry is familiar with her local DFCS office, since I have never read anywhere what she does for a living and having four children as a single mother, I am sure she gets financial help and food stamps every month for the family as well as Medicaid for the children. She could have easily obtained information from her caseworker on help that is available for children suffering illness.
It’s impossible for me to believe that any mother would be would be ridiculed by a medical professional if she were seeking help for her daughter whom she feared was suffering from bulimia or anorexia. Poor little 16-year-old Markea looked like a skeleton with skin on top. It is unacceptable for this blatant child abuse to continue.
Child abuse is one of the worst crimes that there is. These children do not ask to be born, yet they are born every day. We owe so much more to them than we can give, and one of the main reasons is falsely reporting child abuse. I hope that, if guilty, Ms. Berry is convicted and sentenced to the maximum time in prison that is allowed.