SMYRNA — A state official says the agency in charge of protecting Georgia children from abuse is revamping its protocols after an investigation found that a teenage girl who died was severely malnourished.
Georgia Division of Family and Children Services Director Ron Scroggy tells The Atlanta JournalConstitution that Markea Berry’s death should never have happened. The 14-year-old weighed 43 pounds when she diedin June in Smyrna.CBS Atlanta hasreported that a DFCS case worker suspected the girl was not beingfed, and noted that concern in a November 2010 report. The agency closed the case the following month.Police have arrested the girl’s mother, 38-year-old Ebony Espree Berry,who faces charges of murder and child cruelty. Jail records do not indicate whether she has an attorney in the case.