NEW YORK (AP) — The city paid almost $11 million to a care provider in charge of monitoring an emaciated 4-year-old girl found dead in her home.

A grand jury has been convened to hear evidence surrounding the death of Marchella Pierce last month.

The city Administration for Children’s Services has blamed Child Development Support Corp. for not notifying caseworkers in February that the girl’s mother had tested positive for marijuana.

The provider has said it briefed ACS that Carlotta Brett-Pierce failed a drug test. She is charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child and drug possession.

The city paid Child Development Support Corp. $10.9 million since 2006 to monitor high-risk cases.

Marchella weighted 18 pounds when she died Sept. 2.

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Comments (5)
  1. JM says:

    These Mothers need to be monitored Seems like most of them just like to get l—,smoke pot and neglect their kids sry days for these poor children. She should go to jail and never get out!!!!!!

  2. NYSmike says:

    The story makes it sound like $11 million was paid to monitor this one child. Better reporting please.

  3. Michael T says:

    Got any more dead ones that I could watch? I could stand a few million and my sinus condition will handle the smell. I visited a local Congressman’s office and could barely smell the septic tank odor.

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