Two DFCS employees fired after two child deaths

ATLANTA -- Two Georgia Division of Family and Children Services employees have been fired, after internal investigations into the deaths of Eric Forbes and Markea Berry.

While the department can notdiscuss the employees'involvement, an open records request, showedsimilarities in the Cobb county staff members involved incasedecisions regarding bothchildren.

Two of those employees, which 11Alive has chosen not to name, were let go from the agency.

In 2012 authorities received a 911 call from the mother of Markea Berry saying the teen was unresponsive. Detectives determined she was starved to death and arrested her mother, Ebony Berry, for murder. According to the autopsy, Markea weighed just 43 pounds.

The Cobb county supervisor at the time was given a written reprimand for her, "negligence in performing one of the key responsibilities" of her job.

The reprimand said she should have escalated the case for additional review and possible intervention. She was told her cases would received additional review to ensure it did not happen again.

This past October, 12-year-old Eric Forbes was found dead. His 32-year-old father, Shayaa Forbes, is charged with cruelty to children and murder. Police said the child's body "had severe visible signs of child abuse."

The DFCS spokeswoman would not say exactly when the employees were let go, but said neither employee reported for work Wednesday.

An attorney hired by Eric Forbes' mother says he's not surprised by the information.

"Why weren't the policies followed to protect him and get him out of that environment? Sadly, I'm not too shocked from the information that's already out there on how systemic the problem is," said attorney Chris Stewart.

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