September 06, 2010

Carlotta Pierce - Jailed After Police Find Starving Child Who Was Tied To A Bed And Beaten To Death

Brooklyn, New York (The Weekly Vice) - Carlotta Pierce, a 30-year-old Brooklyn woman, was arrested Friday after she allegedly starved, bound and beat her 4-year-old daughter to death.

According to Brooklyn Police, Pierce became upset when her daughter, weighing in at just 15 pounds, made a mess while sneaking food during the night.

Police say that the night before Marchella's death, Pierce allegedly beat her daughter bloody with a plastic video tape case and a belt.

She then allegedly tied the child's frail body to a bed and force fed her sleeping pills to curtail her "wild" behavior.

90 minutes after allegedly finding her daughter unresponsive, Pierce finally called an ambulance.

Pierce reportedly told investigators that the child's bruising from head to toe was due to a recent fall. Medical examiners, however, determined that the child's injuries were not consistent with Pierce's explanation of the girl's death.

"My wife is a wonderful mother. I've never seen her hurt her kids," said the father of the victim.

Pierce allegedly has two other children, 9-month-old and 6-year-old boys, who are already in state custody.

Investigators say they found the bloodied video case, a small amount of crack cocaine, and marijuana at the residence.

The child had clear bruising around the ankles which indicated the girl may have been bound with twine.

Pierce was booked into jail on charges of assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police say the charges may be upgraded to homicide pending the outcome of the investigation.

Lacy Black
The Weekly Vice

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