Charges Dropped Against Former NYC Case Workers in Death of 4-Year-Old Marchella Pierce

Marchella Pierce, 4, was found dead tied to a bed and weighed 18 pounds, nearly half the weight of an average 4-year-old

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Homicide charges have been dropped against two former New York City case workers in connection with the death of a starved and beaten 4-year-old girl.

Damon Bell and Chereece Adams were indicted in 2011 with criminally negligent homicide. Under a plea deal, they pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor charges relating to the death of Marchella Brett-Pierce.

They were accused of failing to determine she was in danger.

Marchella weighed only 18 pounds when she died in September 2010

Her mother, Carlotta Brett-Pierce, was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison in her daughter death. The girl's grandmother, Loretta Brett was convicted of manslaughter.

The Daily News ( ) says after Bell and Adams complete community service requirements and avoid arrest for a year neither will have a criminal record.

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