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Concerns raised before her death

June 2005: Michael Riley is ordered to leave his family’s home after charges he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl.

January-June 2006, September-November 2006: Rebecca Riley’s teachers raise concerns about her physical and mental state.

May-July: A social worker voices concern over Rebecca’s medication levels, and files two abuse or neglect reports with DSS.

Oct. 9: Michael Riley slams his 11-year-old son Gerard’s head against a pickup truck, relatives say.

Nov. 14: Carolyn Riley moves to 70 Lynn Ave. in Hull with her half-brother. Michael Riley joins them in early December.

Dec. 9: Rebecca becomes ill, but is not taken to a doctor.

Dec. 13: Rebecca is found dead in her parents’ bedroom. Her two siblings are placed in foster care.

Feb. 6, 2007: Michael and Carolyn Riley are charged with murdering Rebecca, with a fatal overdose of prescription pills. They both plead innocent.