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FRONTLINE; Who Killed Adam Mann

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Who Killed Adam Mann
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FRONTLINE is investigative journalism that questions, explains and changes our world. Since 1983, FRONTLINE has served as PBS's flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience.

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On March 5, 1990 in New York City, five-year-old Adam Mann was beaten to death by his parents for eating a piece of cake. The autopsy indicated Adam had been battered for years. Program investigates Adam's death and reveals a documented record, stretching back seven years, of how New York City's child welfare system failed to protect Adam and his three brothers from their violent parents. (Tragically, this same family was the subject of the FRONTLINE program #305: "The Child Savers." After that program aired in 1985, the Mann children were placed in foster homes -- only to be returned to their parents. Both parents are now serving prison terms for the death of Adam.)

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