Brooklyn Mother Indicted On Assault Charges In Wake Of Girl's Death
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A Brooklyn mother was indicted Thursday on assault charges in connection with the death of her four-year-old daughter.
Carlotta Brett-Pierce is charged with second degree assault.
Additional charges are still pending in connection with the death of Marchella Pierce.
Police found Marchella inside her Bedford-Stuyvesant home last week after her mother called 911 to say the girl was unconscious.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said they arrested the mother based on the condition of the child's body, which appeared severely underweight with marks on her ankles leading them to believe she had been tied to her bed.
Four lengths of rope were found on a small bed or crib, along with an oxygen mask, in the home.
Marchella's father says she was born premature with serious health problems, including undersized lungs.
Carlotta Brett-Pierce denied killing her daughter.
A judge set her bail at $300,000.