ACS Admits Mistakes In Case Of Dead Girl

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services says its involvement in the case of a 4-year-old girl who was severely underweight when she died was woefully inadequate.

The agency released its preliminary report into the case of Marchella Pierce on Tuesday.

ACS Commissioner John Mattingly testified before the City Council. He said the documentation in the case was insufficient and home visits were inadequate.

Prosecutors said Marchella was beaten, and police say she may have been tied to a bed. She was born with lung problems.

A Brooklyn grand jury has indicted her mother on second-degree assault charges. Carlotta Brett-Pierce’s lawyer did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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