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May 2nd, 2012
04:36 PM ET

Parents charged in death of six-year-old boy

Emaciated and with "too many scars to count," a 6-year-old boy is dead and his biological parents are being charged.  Brooke is joined by Mike Newall of the Philadelphia Inquirer, who has covered the tragic story of Khalil Wimes extensively.  Newall describes in detail the abuse that young Khalil endured, including being beaten with books and extension cords.  Was this awful story preventable, and what steps could public officials have taken to save Khalil's life?

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  1. denice spivey

    In my opinion those parents and Social workers should be jailed for the rest of thier natural lives.

    May 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  2. Aimee

    I hope the social services person who was supposed to be watching this child is also charged!!! I realize that that agency is stretched thin HOWEVER this was not something that should have been ignored. If they can investigate someone on false charges why didn't they do something here? And what about neighbors and family???????

    May 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  3. Coburn

    This is a disgrace; the social worker needs to return the paycheck collected as it wasn't earned and also be charged for the atrocities this child was subjected to. The sentence for the parents should include six years of the same torment they inflicted on this darling little boy. Philadelphia social service needs fixing big time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  4. Tennessee

    This is a sad sad story. This child was innocent. Please do not have children if you can't take care of them. Get fixed just like animals!!!!!!

    May 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  5. Mark

    It's not just Philedelphia the entire state of Pennsylvania is like that. They ignore the obvious and their excuse is that they are already over burdened with cases and can't handle the workload. The government here has made drastic cutbacks on state workers but thats still no excuse for this. No child deserves that AT ALL.

    May 7, 2012 at 9:10 am |
  6. Kinya

    This is an outrage!! There are so many people wanting children and cannot have them, yet people are allowed to keep children they do not want or take care of! They should bring back be beaten for this and sentenced to life in jail.

    May 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
  7. Ray

    It's not just the system that is to blame. The community that ingores or encourages parents hitting their children is also culpable.

    May 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm |

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