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Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 6:02am

Starved Girl Prompts Protocol Change

Updated: 2 years ago.
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 said Markea Berry's death should never have happened. (Photo Courtesy of John Smith via stock.xchng.)

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 Journal-Constitution that Markea Berry's death should never have happened. The 14-year-old weighed 43 pounds when she died in June in Smyrna.

A DFCS caseworker suspected the girl was not being fed, 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. She faces charges of murder and child cruelty. Jail records do not indicate whether she has an attorney in the case.