A 4-year-old Brooklyn girl who weighed only a shocking 15 pounds was found dead this morning, with her arms and legs tied to a crib with twine, The Post has learned.
Cops are now questioning the mother of the severely malnourished little girl, Marchella Pierce, at the 81st Precinct station house in Bedford-Stuyvesant, law enforcement sources said.
The mom, 30-year-old Carlola Pierce, has told police she checked on her daughter at the family's Bedford-Stuyvesant residence at 4 a.m. and she was OK. She checked on her again at 6 a.m. and found her unconscious. She waited until 7:30 a.m. to call authorities, sources said.
When police arrived at the home at 823 Madison St., they saw that the living area was filthy, sources said.
Marchella, in addition to having her limbs tied to the crib, had trauma to her arms, ankles and wrists, sources said. Next to the bed was an oxygen tank, which was not connected to the dead girl's mouth.
Sources also said that Pierce has two other kids -- a 5-year-old son, and a 9-month old son.
Law enforcement sources said that the city Administration for Children's Services had twice previously investigated situations involving the family. Details of those cases were not available.
ACS spokeswoman Laura Postiglione would not confirm the existence of the prior probes of the Pierce family, but said, "We are investigating" the death of Marchella.
Sources said it appeared that Marchella appeared to have been underdeveloped with undeveloped lungs.
"Her legs are like sticks. You can see her ribs," said a law-enforcement source.
"It looks like she starved to death."
Her father, Tyrone Pierce, 30, said he found out about 9 a.m.
"My sister told me that my daughter had passed and I rushed over there," he said. "I tired ot go into the building ot see what was going on. The officers grabbed me and told me I had to come with them."
Pierce said his daughter was born prematurely weighing just 1 pound, 4.6 ounces.
She was released from the hospital only in February and had been in four hospitals since her birth.
"When they released her, they said that she was good," he said.
A neighbor, Tiffany Finney, 27, said the mother loved Marchella. "She couldn't wait to get her back" after her hospital stay, Finney said. "She was excited for her to come home."