I found the comments pretty heartless. Show some compassion.
Why the school didn't called the social services ( or whatever is the equivalent in the US ) to investigate instead of suspending the child from school repetitively ?
Also, I would not be surprised if the child ( 8 y/o ) said she didn't remember because of the stress of being questioned.
Being poor is not an excuse for not taking care of your hygiene.
But yes, the school should have called social services to investigate. The child can't just never go to school. Surely she's behind on classes after being suspended so much, probably not going to move to the next grade level with her classmates on time, which can be a huge blow to a child's self-esteem and give them an inferiority complex (if she doesn't already have one), and make them more apathetic and not want to even bother trying anymore.
If she's really that unwashed, then that's grounds for child neglect.
I feel for the child, I mean this is clearly something on the parent. She may very well bathe everyday...with soap, but if she's putting on the same dirty clothes...it's pointless. I have to wonder if there is an over abundance of animals in the home. If a teacher is complaining about it, it really has to be bad.