Grandmother of Abused Brooklyn 4-Year-Old Charged with Manslaughter

By Julie Shapiro on May 11, 2012 7:09pm 

The grandmother of Marchella Brett-Pierce was convicted of manslaughter May 11, 2012.
The grandmother of Marchella Brett-Pierce was convicted of manslaughter May 11, 2012.
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BROOKLYN — The grandmother of an abused Brooklyn girl who was starved, poisoned and bludgeoned to death in 2010 was convicted of manslaughter Friday, the Brooklyn District Attorney announced.

Loretta Brett — grandmother of 4-year-old Marchella Brett-Pierce, who weighed just 18.8 pounds at the time of her death — faces up to 15 years in prison after being convicted Friday of manslaughter, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child for not preventing Marchella's death, the Brooklyn DA's office said.

Earlier this week, Marchella's mother, Carlotta Brett-Pierce, was convicted of murder, assault and other charges in connection with her daughter's death. She faces 32 years to life in prison, the DA's office said.

Young Marchella, who lived with her mother and grandmother at the time of her death, was often restrained and sedated, prosecutors said. She was found dead Sept. 2, 2010 with injuries on her face and body and just one kernel of corn in her stomach, the DA's office said.

Two caseworkers with the Administration for Children's Services were charged with criminally negligent homicide but have not yet been tried.

Brett, 57, and Brett-Pierce, 32, will be sentenced June 6.

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