Marchella Pierce's mother denies abuse that led to her death

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From NBC New York: A Brooklyn mother accused of starving, drugging and beating her 4-year-old daughter to death says she never harmed the child.

Carlotta Brett-Pierce acknowledged at her trial Monday that the girl “had lost weight,” but said she “didn’t look bad.”

Brett-Pierce and her mother, Loretta Brett, are charged with murder in the death of Marchella in September of 2010. She weighed half what a child her age should, and had bruises and cuts on her body.

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