Philly mayor Michael Nutter was visibly enraged today as he announced the suspension of seven city social workers who failed to prevent the starving death of a young girl, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Nutter was responding to a grand jury report that found the negligence of caseworkers abetted Danieal Kelly’s mother in neglecting the 14-year-old cerebral palsy patient as she wasted away to 42 pounds.
"The behavior exhibited by public employees is unacceptable. I am furious at their actions," Nutter said at a news conference. But “Danieal’s death will not be in vain. It has spurred much-needed reform and action.” Nutter said he is confident that his new human services commissioner will be able to turn the department around.