Judge: DHS didn't tell of murderer's record

PHILADELPHIA - October 28, 2011

The now 19-year-old girl is back under Judge Kevin Dougherty's supervision after the arrest of four people charged with kidnapping four mentally disabled adults and keeping them locked in a basement.

A court spokesman said Thursday that Dougherty doesn't recall the city's Department of Human Services or the girl's mother telling him that Linda Ann Weston had been convicted of murder in the starving death of a man she kept locked in a closet.

Authorities took eight children and four young adults into protective custody after Weston and three alleged accomplices were charged October 15. The niece, Beatrice Weston, was one of them. Police say she had suffered horrific abuse.

A spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter declined comment on behalf of DHS, citing confidentiality laws.

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