How could it have happened? That is the question Germany is asking after a five- year-old-girl died of starvation. Social services are under fire for failing to protect the girl, called Lea-Sophie. She weighed just over 7 kilos, instead of a healthy 15 to 20.
Local authorities covering Schwerin in the northeast have complained about being overstretched due to a lack of resources. The head of one parents’ group claimed authorities warned a year ago that they could not guarantee a child would not die there.
This is not the first time in recent years Germany has been confronted with child suffering. In 2005, a seven-year-old girl called Jessica starved to death. In the latest tragedy, Social Services were tipped-off about Lea-Sophie. But after initial attempts to enter her home failed, her case was not followed-up.