In Michigan, CPS had been
to the home several times and claims to only have found substantiated
abuse on one occasion. Relatives said that on Ebony's Facebook page,
she was a member of a group that encouraged hunger. Apparently there is
some kind of "cult" that practices hunger and says that it's wonderful.
Dr. Andrew Chung is a cardiologist who went to Emory Medical School and
had a strong following as someone who mixed scripture with medical
information. Dr. Chung told his "followers" that they should eat no
more than two pounds of food every day, that amount is less than half
of what a person usually eats in a day.
Ebony was friends with Dr. Chung who has 5,300 friends on Facebook and
had published a book about being hungry. Online videos show this man
saying things like "I'm wonderfully hungry. How about you" and telling
people that being hungry is "wonderful" where as not being hungry is
terrible. Dr. Chung said that food tastes so much better when we're ten
times hungrier and that is wonderful. Dr. Chung is not willing to
accept any blame for what happened to Markea:
"The only thing that
can straighten this out, is that police hear from Ms. Berry herself.
ordinary, single mom who's stressed out"
less than ordinary,
Dr. and I use that term LIGHTLY
Ordinary, stressed out, single mothers do not starve their children to
death because some wacko on Facebook, a useless "Dr." tells them being
hungry is wonderful!
In 2010 there was a time
when Ebony had lived in Georgia and Markea ran away from home and was
caught stealing food at a local Walmart where she also slept quite
often because she said she felt like a burden to her mother. Neighbors
said that they had
never seen any of the children going to school. Markea was 16 years old
and only weighed 40 pounds.
A CPS case was opened but "fizzled" when CPS workers said that Ebony
would not cooperate and was what they called combative. REALLY?
Fizzled be EBONY
wouldn't cooperate? Sorry,
that is no excuse, EBONY
should have been arrested and her children taken away. You don't let
children stay in an abusive situation because their parent is hard to
"DFCS case mangers had
contact with the family in 2010 and could see that the girl was in need
doctor and instructed the mother to take the girl to see a doctor. The
case was closed without
follow-up from DFCS to see if the child was seen by a doctor"
Spokesperson - in a letter
The president of the Georgia Alliance For Children called Markea's
death tragic but said that he was not surprised:
"Back in February, we
saw statistics that more kids are dying in DFCS custody. Every time
like this happens, they promise to make changes, but children keep
needs to be held accountable. This is an agency that is supposed to
protect children who
stuck in bad situations. Someone failed to do their job. Someone needs
to be indicted or
very least, be fired"
After she died, details came out about how Markea was the only child in
the home to be abused and neglected. At night, Markea would be locked
in to her room with a urinal and pee pads. Ebony said she did this to
keep people out of her daughters room. Caseworkers in Georgia told
about a time when one child had wet the bed and was put into a freezing
tub of water. Ebony had actually told Police that she moved from
Michigan because people kept calling DFCS to make complaints about her.
Ebony Berry's family was not there for her May 2013 arraignment and
neither was Ebony. A not guilty plea was entered by her Lawyer, Rick
Kimberly, who also filed a motion for a psychological evaluation. The
Cobb County Grand Jury indicted Ebony on murder charges saying that she
failed to provide adequate nutrition and medical care for Markea.
Ebony was at that time, being held on $75,000. bond.
Today is July 3, 2014 and I am unable to find any information about
Ebony having been convicted or sentenced for what she did to this
December 8, 2014 (Thank you to Eryn
for this update)
In September of 2014, Ebony Berry, facing one count of involuntary
manslaughter, one count of first degree cruelty to children and one
count of second degree cruelty to children, entered a plea of guilty.
Ebony said in court:
"I just want to
apologize for everybody have to come out today for my situation and
circumstances involving my daughter"
Prosecutors had dropped the murder charge against her because they felt
she did not kill Markea on purpose. A Defense Lawyer had said that
Ebony had become overwhelmed raising four children, including one
newborn so she was unable to give Markea the care she needed to survive.
I'm sorry Prosecutors, a child suffered and died because this woman had
no business having children in the first place. She didn't MEAN
to kill Markea? Give me a
break, can ANYONE
excuse after killing a child, or anyone else for that matter? I didn't
mean to kill "him/her" should NEVER
a reason to keep someone out of prison for life after they abuse a
child to death. Oh and, I'm sorry, Defense Lawyers, raising four
children, including a new born, CAN
be and in this case SHOULD
have been prevented by NOT GIVING
BIRTH TO THEM
Ebony was sentenced to 30 years in prison and then after her release
she would be on ten years of probation, will have to go to therapy for
mental evaluations and she will not be able to have contact with any
children. Ebony's Aunt is now raising her remaining three
occurred in the state of North Carolina