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Last fall the story of a 4-year-old girl who weighed 18 pounds and died at the hands of her parents shocked the country.

The child withered in poverty tied to a bed at times and repeatedly being drugged by her parents.

The death of Marchella Pierce produced four arrests and put the spotlight on New York’s child welfare agency, the ACS.

Just this week, Charles J. Hynes, the Brooklyn district attorney, is convening a grand jury to explore the failings of this agency in monitoring Marchella’s living conditions.

Read more at the NYT


Mom of 18-pound four-year-old charged with murder