(WXIA) -- DFCS ultimately answers to the Governor so 11Alive wanted to get his reaction, to Mareka Berry's death and the department's response to it.
Despite repeated requests, the Governor's office would only issue this statement, "Governor Deal has worked with Commissioner Reese to tighten the agency's focus on child safety. The death of Markea Berry saddens all Georgians, and the governor will work with DFCS to protect the defenseless from neglect and abuse."
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But rather than broad statements, we want specifics on changes to prevent something like this from happening again. So far, the governor's office nor DFCS have given us any.
With Markea Berry's mother Ebony behind bars, charged with murder, the Children's Advocacy Center in Marietta is helping to take care of the three other children taken from the Mableton home. Berry's family in Michigan hopes to take them in.
11Alive flew to Michigan to talk with Berry's family. The family was still shocked by Markea's death, Ebony's murder charge and the red flags they feel should have prevented it all.
Family members told 11Alive that Markea was facing 13 child abuse charges in Michigan before she left for Georgia.
There was also the Walmart employee that called two years ago, to report Markea hiding behind the shopping carts. She had run away from home.
This summer a new law requires anyone who works or volunteers with children to report suspected child abuse.
Jinger Robins, the Executive Director at DFACS,says Berry's death raises questions not only about the past but about whether the system is ready to handle those calls in the future.