2009-05-07 / Local & State

Social Workers Plead Not Guilty In Pa. Death

By Maryclaire Dale ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two co-founders of a social-services firm charged in the wake of the starvation death of a disabled Philadelphia girl have pleaded not guilty.

MultiEthnic Behavioral Health co-founders Michal Kamuvaka and Solomon Manamela pleaded not guilty to fraud charges Friday. Former MultiEthnic employee Mariam Couli-baly also pleaded not guilty.

Federal officials say social workers from the company failed to make home visits to 14-yearold Danieal Kelly, who weighed just 42 pounds when she died in 2006. The girl's mother pleaded guilty to third-degree murder earlier this week.

Authorities charged four company founders and four social workers of the now-defunct firm with fraud and a ninth with perjury on Friday.

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