Mother held on 300k bail in daughter's death

September 5, 2010 7:47:40 AM PDT
The mother of a 4-year-old girl found dead and emaciated in her Brooklyn home is being held Sunday morning on $300,000 bail.

Carlotta Pierce is charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

The body of her daughter, Marchella, was found in their Bedford-Stuyvesant home Thursday.

The girl had medical problems since birth and was just 15 pounds when she died.

The medical examiner found marks on the child's wrists and ankles that were consistent with being tied up.

Prosecutors say the child had been force-fed sleeping pills.