NEW 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 death.
Carlotta Brett-Pierce had already been jailed on charges of assault, endangering the welfare of a child and drug possession.READ MORE: NYC Primary Day: Polls Open For Voters To Choose Next Mayor
Prosecutors said the indictment late Monday added charges of murder and manslaughter.READ MORE: Primary Election Day Guide For Voters In New York
The city medical examiner’s office has said that Marchella Pierce died September 2 of child abuse syndrome, including acute drug poisoning, blunt impact injuries, malnutrition and dehydration.
Brett-Pierce could face up to 25 years to life in prison. The lawyer who represented her previously did not return a call seeking comment.MORE NEWS: After More Than A Year, The Show Must Go On: More Broadway Shows Announce Plans To Resume Performances
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