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Foster parents indicted in girl's death, biological family plans to sue

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Laila, the Rosenbaum's foster child died on November 17, according to police. Laila, the Rosenbaum's foster child died on November 17, according to police.
Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum Jennifer and Joseph Rosenbaum
Laila Marie Daniels. (SOURCE: Family) Laila Marie Daniels. (SOURCE: Family)

Jennifer Rosenbaum, an Emory University law student and political candidate in Henry County, accused in the beating death of her 2-year-old foster daughter Laila Marie Daniel, was indicted in Henry County on Thursday.

Jennifer Rosenbaum and her husband Joseph Rosenbaum face malice murder, felony murder, aggravated battery and child cruelty in Daniel's death according to published reports.

CBS46 spoke with Laila's grandmother Regina Banks at her graveside after she learned of the Henry County Grand Jury's decision.

"Every time we see butterflies we think of Laila, we will have to put some fresh flowers here to celebrate the indictments of Mr. and Mrs. Rosenbaum," Banks shared. Banks told CBS46 she plans to be there everyday should the Rosenbaums go to trial. Her family also plans to sue the couple, as well as the Department of Family and Children Services for the wrongful death of Laila.

An investigation by CBS46 revealed a history of contact with the Rosenbaums and Georgia's Department of Family and Children services, but no action on the part of the agency when contacted about injuries to Daniel.

Was DFCS thorough enough?

Henry County Department of Family and Children Services released a report detailing the moments before Daniel died, saying  Rosenbaum told the case manager that the 2-year-old was choking a piece of chicken.

Rosenbaum stated she tried to clear her airway, first with her fingers, but when that did not work she used a butter knife. She's heard on a 911 call being coached on performing CPR.

In Oct. 2015, just a month before the child's death Jennifer Rosenbaum, texted a DFCS caseworker that Laila had broken her leg in gymnastics. There was no follow up and no report filed to open an investigation.

Warrant detailed months' of brutal beating to child

In November, Rosenbaum was arrested on murder, aggravated assault and cruelty to children charges in the child's death. Her husband, Joseph Rosenbaum, was also arrested, and charged with cruelty to children.

  • A warrant for their arrest says that Jennifer Rosenbaum didn't feed the child, "willfully depriving the said child of necessary sustenance to the extent that the child's health or well-being was jeopardized, by failing to feed the child in quantities necessary to sustain an adequate body weight."

They are alleged to have struck the 2-year-old so hard that her pancreas transected, and caused her to bleed to death. The girl's legs and arms were broken. She had severe bruising across her body at various stages of healing, according to a warrant for their arrest. 

Police said the beatings took place over about six months.

Jennifer Rosenbaum was initially not eligible for bond though she was later granted a $100,000 bond, but her husband was granted a $10,000 bond and released from jail.

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