Prosecutors: Bed-Stuy mother beat 4-year-old with belt, box

Brooklyn prosecutors say the mother of a 4-year-old girl found dead in Bed-Stuy beat her with a belt and a box.Carlotta Pierce was arraigned Saturday

BROOKLYN - Brooklyn prosecutors say the mother of a 4-year-old girl found dead in Bed-Stuy beat her with a belt and a box.

Carlotta Pierce was arraigned Saturday and faces several charges, including assault and reckless endangerment.

The New York Post reports that a prosecutor said Pierce struck her daughter, Marchella, to punish her for eating and making a mess.

Police say they found the 4-year-old last week extremely underweight with marks around her ankles.

The girl's father said Marchella had health problems.

Pierce?s bail was set at $300,000.

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

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