MI couple wanted in death of 4-year-old arrested in Georgia

Jan 10, 2018, 00:44
MI couple wanted in death of 4-year-old arrested in Georgia

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.

The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner's Office ruled the girl's death a homicide two days later.

Brad Fields, 28, faces murder, child abuse and torture charges in the death of Gabrielle Barrett on January 1, 2018. She was pronounced dead a short time later at an Ann Arbor hospital. His first time there was Sunday night, for a candlelight vigil.

Police officials said Gabby's autopsy found multiple traumatic injuries on her body, as well as evidence of old injuries that were consistent with ongoing child abuse, according to police officials.

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"She always had a smile on her face, loved to play", Deborah Barrett said.

"Upon arrival, CPR was being administered by family members and officers found the child suffering from severe burns about her extremities", according to a news release.

WDIV reported that the girl's January 1 death was not the first time police have been called to the couple's mobile home.

On May 20, 2016, officers stormed the house after a report of a barricaded gunman after a domestic assault.

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The couple's infant daughter is in the custody of Child Protective Services.

"You could tell that he had a lot of control over [Diaz]", Ken Stambaugh, Fields' cousin, told the station. Police said he then fled the home and was later arrested on domestic violence charges.

Diaz pleaded guilty to two charges: possession of prescription forms and altering ID marks on a firearm, online court records show.

The investigation began after police responded to the home in Sumpter Township and the child wasn't breathing.

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