M.E. Rules Brooklyn Girl’s Death A Homicide

NEW YORK (AP) — The death of an emaciated 4-year-old Brooklyn girl found dead in her home last month has been ruled a homicide.

The city medical examiner’s office said Friday that Marchella Pierce died of acute drug poisoning, blunt impact injuries, malnutrition and dehydration. They said she had antihistamines, including Benadryl, in her system.

Her mother, Carlotta Brett-Pierce, has been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child and drug possession. Prosecutors say additional charges could be added.

Her lawyer, George Sheinberg, didn’t immediately return a message.

The Administration for Children’s Services, subcontractors and others responsible for monitoring the girl are under criminal investigation. ACS has said it’s cooperating.

Marchella weighed 18 pounds when she died Sept. 2.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

  • http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2010/11/10/murder-charges-for-mom-in-gaunt-nyc-girls-death/ Murder Charges For Mom In Gaunt NYC Girl’s Death « CBS New York

    […] YORK (AP) — The mother of an emaciated 4-year-old girl who weighed less than 18 pounds has been indicted on charges of murder in the Brooklyn girl’s […]

  • http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/03/23/child-welfare-workers-charged-in-death-of-ny-girl/ DA Hynes Says ACS Workers Didn't Do Enough To Help The GirlCBS New York

    […] Murder Charges For Mom In Gaunt NYC Girl’s Death | M.E. Rules Brooklyn Girl’s Death A Homicide | City Spent $11 Million On Provider For Dead Girl | ACS Admits Mistakes In Case Of Dead Girl | […]

  • carmen wilson

    All child abusers should be given the death penalty.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Giving Tuesday
Charles Osgood Event

Listen Live