Mother, boyfriend sought in torture, murder of girl, 4

Mom boyfriend arrested in death of her 4-year-old daughter in Georgia
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10 January, 2018

Federal authorities are joining police in southern MI in the search for a couple after a 4-year-old girl was found dead New Year's Day with "severe burns".

U.S. Marshals located and arrested Brad E. Fields, 28, and girlfriend Candice R. Diaz, 24, about 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9 near Lake Park, Georgia, according to Sumpter Township police.

Diaz's daughter, Gabrielle Barrett, died after being found with severe burns New Year's Day in a mobile home in Sumpter Township.

After the arrived, CPR was being administered by family members and officers found the girl suffering from "obvious severe burns about her extremities".

The girl, identified as Gabby Barrett by Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK, was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, where she was pronounced dead.

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office on January 3 ruled Gabrielle's death a homicide. Fields also has been charged as a habitual offender.

Candice Diaz and Brad Fields are each facing charges of child abuse, torture, and murder.

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Police records show that the incident wasn't the first time there was trouble at the home.

Three days later, Diaz went to the police department to say she no longer wanted to press charges against Fields for assault, according to a police report.

In 2006, Fields pleaded guilty to carrying an unauthorized concealed weapon and served a year of probation. Child Protective Services and the Michigan State Police Forensics Unit are assisting.

"She didn't have to pass the way she did, but I hope we get justice for her really soon", Barrett said.

"She's just a little angel".

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

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