Markea Berry of Smyrna died of starvation in 2012 at the age of 16, weighing 43 pounds. Her mother was charged with murder and child cruelty. DFCS had investigated possible abuse in the home in 2009 and 2010, but closed the cases without taking action.
Markea somehow clung to hope and faith, to the end.
This segment from 11Alive's special, "Failed to Death," pulls together Markea's files from the child protection agencies of two states going back to 1999, and updates the case, which may never end in justice for Markea.