The investigation against a couple who let their 7 year old daughter starve to death has now been concluded and the State Attorney in Hamburg, Germany is charging them with "murder by negligence".
During the investigations the father blamed the mother for not looking after their daughter, and the mother blamed poor Jessica herself, as she "refused to eat". The obduction told a different story however, as bits of carpet and Jessicas own hair was found in her stomach. She had obviously tried to eat these in her desperate bid to live. At the time of her death, Jessica weighed a mere 20 lbs.
Hopes that justice will be done are sort of diminished by the fact that the penalty ranges from a mere 3 years behind bars to a maximum of 15.