many times I hear or read the
didn't MEAN to kill the child"
never get used to the stupidity behind it, the
legal definition of "murder", intention and
all that total B.S. that Defense Lawyers use
to get their clients less time.
who can pick up a newspaper,
turn on the television, run a computer or
listen to others is capable of knowing that if
you abuse a child, you CAN
kill that child while you are abusing that
child, if you MEAN
to or NOT
Abusing a child is against the law and what
to do while breaking the law should NOT
matter, the outcome should matter and ANYONE
further breaking the law by killing a child
while abusing them should NEVER
get out of prison...NOT
Charlenni Ferreria would have turned 11 years
old on October 30, 2009. Charlenni had her
whole life ahead of her, maybe she would be a
ballerina, maybe she would be come a big
sports figure, maybe, just maybe, Charlenni
would be President of the United States one
day, if not for the fact that someone who
to kill her while abusing her, actually DID
her while abusing her. At some point,
Charlenni had been taken to a Doctor and when
he showed concern for her she told him she was
treated like a Princess, the opposite was true
and why she never told the truth, we will
Charlenni had lived in Puerto Rico before she
was sent to live with her father and his wife
and children in Philadelphia in the year 2005
after it was alleged that her birth mother had
been abusing her. In the Fall of 2006, the
abuse of this little Angel began again and it
was reported that it did not end until the day
she died. In the Fall of 2009, Domingo had
taken a trip to Puerto Rico and while he was
gone, Margaret beat Charlenni over and over
and hit her with sticks and a broom handle.
Charlenni had been seen by Doctors,
Counselors, School Nurses and the Department
Of Human Services had been involved in her
life for about five months from 2006 to 2007.
In 2007 her case was closed because the
concerns of a school Nurse were not able to be
substantiated and no further complaints were
made. Investigators began going through her
records in an attempt to figure out how the
abuse she suffered could have gone undetected,
however, it seems to me that it should be
obvious that it DIDN'T
go undetected if a school Nurse reported it.
Charlenni was found unresponsive in her home
and she died shortly after arriving at the
hospital. Doctors said that she had died of an
infection and that infection was caused by the
fact that broken ribs had caused her lungs to
collapse. Injuries to her body were signs that
Charlenni had been sexually and physically
abused over a long period of time. Among those
injuries were a seven inch injury to her head,
a broken hipbone, broken ribs, collapsed
lungs, vaginal and anal scaring, marks and
bruises all over her body. Who could have done
this to a precious little Angel?
Domingo Ferreria and Margaret Garabito,
Charlenni's father and stepmother were
arrested and charged murder, endangering the
welfare of a child as well as other charges.
Margaret admitted that she had hit Charlenni
over the head with a broom and that was what
caused the seven in fracture to her skull and
resulted in brain damage. Of course in court,
Defense Lawyer Barbara McDermott said that the
only thing Margaret was guilty of was not
protecting her step daughter from her husband
who had been beating and molesting the little
girl for a long time, she was only guilty of
manslaughter in his eyes. Margaret claimed
that she was told by Domingo that he would
kill her and their three children if she went
to the Police.
The day after she was to turn 11 years old a
funeral service was held for Charlenni. There
was a small group of people who attended the
service who attended at the Guckin Funeral
Mansion in Juniata Park, including Glenny and
Maria Ramirez, a cousin:
couldn't prepare for this. That beautiful
girl was innocent. It's terrible"
Glenny was so shaken up that she was unable to
doing badly, she's crying, crying so much"
Final Farewell is a charity that helps with
funeral costs of children who come from needy
families and they helped with the cost of the
service as well as the costs that would need
to be paid to ship Charlenni back to the
Dominican Republic so she could be buried
In another part of town, neighbors, who had
been keeping a memorial for Charlenni,
celebrated her birthday to memorialize her.
There was a cake at the celebration and Happy
Birthday was sung in English and Spanish and
then hundreds of balloons were released in her
point of this is, she's all right, she's
in Heaven, she has no more
Everything is clean again and the girl is
Blanco - Event Organizer.
Shortly after Charlenni's funeral, a service
was also held for Domingo, he was cremated and
his ashes would also be sent to the Dominican
Republic to be buried. One of his nieces had
this to say:
a good person. He didn't do it"
Wanda Torres had come up with the idea for the
party and with a translator present said that
everyone should be watching out for the
children and if anyone suspected abuse, they
should do something:
please help them and report it"
In an opening statement in court, Prosecutor
Andrew Notaristefano said that Margaret had
hated Charlenni and wanted her out of her life
and the way to do that was for the child to
die. J. Michael Ferrell didn't see it that
client was a victim too"
Domingo Ferreira would never face the courts
the way that Margaret would since three days
after his arrest, he committed suicide, at the
age of 53 he hung himself while in jail.
Defense attorney J. Michael Farrell thought it
was unjust that Margaret would face the trial
woman did not kill the child. This woman
is not guilty of first degree
Does she concede that on occasion she hit
the child? Yes"
Margaret had already admitted to hitting
Charlenni with the broom:
would hit her with a broomstick, but
nothing to kill her"
Barbara McDermott had this to say about her
admits that in her own limited way she was
attempting to treat that
and to make sure the wound was cared for.
She was afraid of
would happen to Charlenni if she took any
additional steps. She
did what she could to protect the child
the best she could. She was a
loving and caring parent"
Sorry, Barbara McDermott, what that translates
is that she was afraid of what would happen to
if she took this child, who was suffering
horribly, to the E.R. for treatment. She KNEW
she had done and knew the consequences and she
wasn't willing to risk getting into any
trouble for being a child abuser.
Jurors were shown pictures of the wounds on
Charlenni's body, including the head wound
which had been stuff with cotton and had a
weave placed over it in an attempt to hide it.
Assistant Medical Examiner Marlon Osborne
testified that in her scalp there were many
bobby pins and clips that were intended to
hold the weave in place and that they were
imbedded into her scalp which was horribly
scarred and almost entire void of hair.
Margaret seemed to be upset and began wiping
away tears when the autopsy photos were shown
in court. It came out that Margaret had last
hit Charlenni six days before she died, her
crime was having asked for a calculator to do
her math homework.
A Pediatrician testified in court about the
skull fracture that Charlenni had:
a remarkable wound. I don't recall seeing
a wound like that in the 25
of work I've done. She got bashed on the
top of her head hard
to open the scalp down to the skull,
fracture the skull, causing
The trial lasted about three weeks and anyone
in the courtroom listened to the full details
of what happened to Charlenni during the last
three years of her life at the hands of those
who were trusted to take care of her:
injuries were the worst I have ever seen.
They were the worst that so
people involved in this case have ever
District Attorney - Andrew Notaristefano
On February 20, 2015, a jury found Margarita
Garabito guilty of first degree murder, she
was 48 years old at the time. Common Pleas
Judge Glenn B. Bronson said that what happened
to Charlenni was the most horrible thing he
had ever seen:
cannot conceive of a more terrible
misbehavior than torturing
a child to death"
Judge Glenn B. Bronson sentenced Margaret to
life in prison without the possibility of
parole, just as it should have been.
One of Charlenni's sisters was there:
feel my father and my sister have both
been served justice. I do believe
the American justice system"
respect Glenny's opinion about Charlenni
getting justice, I think she has forgotten
that her father was a partner in the abuse
the took place, he was just lucky enough
to be gone when this Angel died.Domingo
KNEW what he had done and knew he would be
convicted, so he took what he thought to
be the easy way out. This sentence is not
justice for him, his death was justice for
Margaret made a statement at her sentencing:
knows I have a good heart. God knows what
I did and did not
I do not lie"
Margaret was obviously angry about what was
happening and when she looked at her sisters,
they were crying and she said to them:
children are now yours"