It seems the system failed 7-year old Kayden Mancuso who was found dead Sunday in her father’s Philadelphia home.
Kayden was visiting her father as a judge granted Jeff Mancuso, 41, weekend visitation rights despite his history of violence. According to NBC, Mancuso has been charged with eight counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment and possessing an instrument of crime going back to 2009. He also violated probation several times and received a DUI. Kayden witnessed her father’s violent rage on others and herself.
Judge Jeffrey Trauger granted visitations in May disregarding Kayden’s mother plea to not let Mancuso near her daughter.
Kayden’s stepfather and step-grandfather went to look for her when she didn’t return home Sunday. Her visitations with her father are from Saturday 10 a.m. to Sunday 6 p.m. They found her dead on the first floor with a bag over her head and Mancuso upstairs dead in a murder-suicide.
Heather Giglio, Kayden’s aunt, told 6 ABC that the system could of prevented this. “We knew this was gonna happen one day, we just prayed it wouldn’t.”
Metro reports that Mancuso was diagnosed by a psychologist with depression and having anxious disorder and suicidal ideation.