The Brooklyn mom who beat, drugged and starved to death her defenseless little daughter blamed everyone but herself yesterday as she was sentenced to 32 years to life in prison — and it emerged that the tragic girl’s 5-year-old brother, heartbreakingly brought food to her funeral so she could be “fed” in heaven.
“I do not accept responsibility for the actual death of my daughter, because in fact, I did not kill her,” Brett-Pierce said defiantly, blaming jurors, the press and her own lawyers for her predicament. “This is a tragedy.”
Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Patricia DiMango disgustedly trashed the monster mom as a “self-centered, volatile and belligerent woman” whose guilt was so overwhelming that a jury needed only 90 minutes last month to convict her of murder.
“What kind of person could do this to a child, let alone her own child?” thundered DiMango, who also sentenced grandma Loretta Brett to five to 15 years in prison for manslaughter in the death.
“Children do matter in society, and they do have a voice, even in death,” the judge added.
The skeletal and battered little girl died in September 2010, after enduring a living hell in which she was denied food and strapped with jump ropes to her tiny SpongeBob bed.
“Food, water and basic human parenting would have kept her alive,” DiMango said.
But “neglect and apathy” at the hands of her loved ones doomed Marchella — who was a 26-pound “flourishing little girl” when she left an upstate clinic months before her death to go live with her mom in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Once there, the sickly child was force-fed cold and allergy pills and battered, often in front of her brother, Tymel.
Prosecutor Jacqueline Kagan also revealed that a now 7-year-old Tymel was deeply traumatized at having to testify against his mom and continues grieving for his little sister.
“He witnessed her conduct atrocious, despicable behavior toward his sister, who he loved,” Kagan said.
The prosecutor said the boy sweetly tried to help the little girl even as she was being laid to rest.
“He brought with him food because he knew she didn’t get enough,” Kagan said. “And he told his foster mother, ‘I hope that she gets enough food and water in heaven.’ ”
DiMango spared no venom in reminding Brett-Pierce, 32, of the horror she unleashed on her own flesh and blood.
“This child, at her tender age, was subjected to a hell that no one should have to endure,” DiMango said. Yet, her murderous mom refused to drop the bravado, showing up in court in a suede miniskirt to beg for mercy.
“By no means am I a malicious or a vicious person,” she insisted.
“I’m not perfect,” Brett-Pierce whined, saying she lacked the education and money to “care for such a sickly baby.”
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