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4-Yr Old Girl Died from Neglect Weighing Only 18-Lbs

Posted by Sandra On October - 30 - 2010

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A 4-year-old Brooklyn girl who weighed 18 pounds when she was found dead last month had toxic levels of antihistamines in her system, the city’s chief medical examiner’s office said on Friday in ruling the death a homicide. The office said the girl, Marchella Pierce, died of “child abuse syndrome with acute drug poisoning, blunt impact injuries, malnutrition and dehydration,” according to a statement issued by the office.

The drugs found in her body were diphenhydramine and desloratadine, said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office. Each drug is marketed under many names, including Benadryl for diphenhydramine and Clarinex for desloratadine. The term child abuse syndrome means that the abuse occurred over a period of time and was not a one-time occurrence, Ms. Borakove said.

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  2. Susan Maree Jeavons Says:

    Why in God’s name do these people have children if they are going to treat them like this? Please, if you think a child you know is being abused, call the police. You can remain anonymous, and you may save a life.

    Posted on October 30th, 2010 at 11:20 pm

  3. Urban Safety Solutions Says:

    This is sad, where were the victim’s relatives? Someone had to know that this child was grossly underweight.

    Posted on October 31st, 2010 at 10:16 am

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