Brooklyn DA Launches Criminal Probe of ACS

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    Carlotta Brett-Pierce (inset) was arrested in connection with the death of her 4-year-old daughter.

    Brooklyn prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation of the city's child welfare agency and its outside health and social service providers responsible for monitoring the 4-year-old girl who died in September. 

    District Attorney spokesman Jerry Schmetterer said Friday the office had begun investigating the Administration for Children's Services.

    Marchella Pierce's 18-pound body was found Sept. 2. Marks on her ankles and rope discovered on a bed led investigators to believe she had been bound.

    The girl's mother faces charges of assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Her attorney didn't immediately return a message.

    ACS spokesman Michael Gagan says the agency will cooperate with the investigation.

    District Attorney Charles J. Hynes said the 2006 beating death of 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown was a factor in his decision to investigate.