The district attorney called it "one of the most
horrific cases of child abuse ever seen in Fulton County."
When 5-year-old Terrell Peterson was pronounced dead last year at Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital, doctors found his thin, frail body battered and bruised, scarred and malnourished. Death may have come from a blow to the head.
It was the brutal end to the brutal life of a child, who, at least as a baby, was described as always laughing, getting into everything and loving to blow spit bubbles."
Milestone Stories . . .
10.17.1999: Did 5-year-old Terrell have to die?
11.10.1999: Abuse suit: State under fire in 5-year-old's death
12.05.1999: GEORGIA'S FORGOTTEN CHILDREN
01.04.2000: 60 Minutes II: State of Neglect (sorry, the story's gone, but the video clip is still there!) (RealVideo clip from this segment, requires RealPlayer)
01.22.2000: DHR chief: 'We failed this child'
02.06.2000: THE STORY SO FAR: Case files getting attention
04.07.2000: State failed Terrell Peterson, Barnes says at bill signing
05.03.2000: DFACS chief is suspended
05.04.2000: Oprah: Tortured Children Follow-Up (Terrell's Story on Oprah's site)
05.18.2000: GBI: No crime in abuse cases
11.06.2000: Time Magazine Cover Story: The Crisis in Foster Care (original)
09.21.2001: Mary Margaret Oliver: Child Protection Lawsuit Justified
04.04.2002: 11th Circuit remands case: Opinion, AJC story: State may be liable for kids it places with kin
12.14.2002: Terrell's aunt denies role in death, blames her niece
Reprinted with the permission of the Atlanta Journal and the Atlanta Constitution.
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