Manhunt underway for MI couple accused of scalding 4-year-old

by Abel Hampton January 10, 2018, 0:34
Manhunt underway for MI couple accused of scalding 4-year-old

Authorities have arrested a mother and her boyfriend who were wanted in connection with the death of a 4-year-old girl in Sumpter Township, according to a news release from the Sumpter Township Police Department.

ABC7 reports that Sumpter Township are actively searching for Brad Fields, 28, and Candice Diaz, 24.

They found the girl unresponsive with "obvious" severe burns on her arms and legs.

According to the police, the deceased, Gabby Barrett, had severe burns and succumbed to her injuries.

Gabby was rushed to St Joseph Mercy Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later. An autopsy found the girl had "multiple traumatic injuries" and "signs of Battered Child Syndrome (multiple injuries, multiple sites, multiple ages)", police said.

According to the police, the duo is believed to be driving in a black 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier with the MI license plate DTR 1854.

Michigan State Police told WWJ U.S. Marshals located 24-year-old Candice Diaz and 28-year-old Brad Fields on the run near the Georgia-Florida line. The police have urged the people to call the U.S. Marshal Detroit Fugitive Apprehension team at 313-234-5656 or the Sumpter Township Police at 734-461-4833 ext.

At the time, the girl's mother told police the boyfriend was experiencing a suicidal outburst, and had assaulted her, shot a dog and shot himself, the TV station reports.

Stay with FOX 2 for more information on this developing story.

The man was later arrested and charged with domestic violence.

[Photo: US Marshals]Gabby's biological father, Kyle Barrett, isn't a suspect in the child's murder, according to FOX2.

"We didn't know. We would have gone" and removed her from the home, he said.

Donations were being accepted by Gabrielle's family at a Go Fund Me page.

Barrett's grandmother, Deborah Barret said: "She was a ball of joy". Diaz pleaded guilty to weapons offenses and was given a probationary sentence. She always had a smile on her face, loved to play.

Police announced Monday a manhunt is on for Diaz and Fields.


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