Two social workers facing charges in the death of a 4-year-old Brooklyn girl will not go to jail.
Attorneys for case worker Damon Adams and his one-time supervisor Chereece Bell struck plea deals for their involvement in the death of Marchella Pierce in 2010.
Adams will serve 500 hours of community service while Bell will serve 350 hours.
Prosecutors maintained that the Administration for Children's Services employees were negligent in handling Pierce's case and ignored warning signs of abuse.
Defense attorneys say prosecutors were trying to make an example out of them.
"I'm definitely relieved that it's over. I still believe that it's a tragedy what happened to the family, hopefully there will be lessons learned so that everybody can use all their power and resources so that this type of thing doesn't happen again,” said Adams.
"Ms. Bell is not going to be the platform to correct that kind of behavior. I'm watching out for Ms. Bell and Ms. Bell is going to have no criminal record at the end of this, and this will be something she'll be able to put behind her,” said Joshua Horowitz, Ms. Bell’s attorney.
Marchella Pierce was just 18 pounds when she died three years ago.
Her mother Carlotta Brett-Pierce was sentenced to 32 years in prison last year for having beaten, drugged and starved her to death.
Her grandmother, Loretta Brett, was sentenced to up to 15 years for failing to intervene.