ACS admits mistakes in case of dead girl

NEW YORK - (AP) - New York City's Administration for Children'sServices says its involvement in the case of a 4-year-old girl whowas severely underweight when she died was woefully inadequate.

The agency released its preliminary report into the case ofMarchella Pierce on Tuesday. ACS Commissioner John Mattinglytestified before the City Council. He said the documentation in thecase was insufficient and home visits were inadequate.

Prosecutors say Marchella was beaten, and police say she mayhave been tied to a bed. She was born with lung problems.

A Brooklyn grand jury has indicted her mother on second-degreeassault charges. Carlotta Brett-Pierce's lawyer did not immediatelyreturn a call seeking comment.

Prosecutors: 4-year-old found dead was emaciated4-year-old found dead in her home

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