updated 8/4/2008 9:05:47 PM ET 2008-08-05T01:05:47

Philadelphia officials have suspended seven more city workers in the case of a disabled teen who died under a city agency's watch.

A grand jury report found that the workers all bore some responsibility in the death of 14-year-old Danieal (dan-YEHL') Kelly, who died of starvation and infection. Those who were suspended Monday were not actually charged in the girl's death.

Nine people have been charged in the case , including Danieal's parents and two city social workers. Those two workers, who face charges of child endangerment, have already been suspended.

The latest penalties come exactly two years after the discovery of the emaciated, maggot-infested body of Danieal, who had cerebral palsy.

At a news conference, Mayor Michael Nutter choked up while noting his own daughter is just a year younger than Danieal was when she died. He angrily said if any city employee was guilty of such neglect he'd like to punish them himself.

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