Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Mom, boyfriend sought in burning, beating death of 4-year-old girl

Mom, boyfriend sought in burning, beating death of 4-year-old girl

A fugitive MI mother and her boyfriend accused of torturing and killing the woman's four-year-old daughter were arrested in Georgia Tuesday.

Police also uncovered drug paraphernalia and a cache of weaponry. Police believed they were the prime suspects in the case.

WILX reports U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of both Diaz and Fields.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the U.S. Marshals' Fugitive Apprehension Team's 24-hour Detroit-based hotline at 313-234-5656 or the Sumter Township Police Department at 734-461-4833, ext. 305.

Candice Renea Diaz, 24, and Brad Edward Fields, 28, are charged with felony murder, murder, child abuse and torture.

Her parental grandmother, Deborah Barrett, described Gabby as a "ball of joy" who loved to play and run around the house, while her paternal grandfather, Jerry Barrett, said he misses the child very much. "Everybody's been broken up about it", he said.

Come Sunday night, Gabby's family members, including her biological father and her grandparents, gathered in Sumpter Township for a candlelight vigil honoring the deceased four-year-old girl.

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

She later died at the hospital.

Two days later, the Washtenaw County Medical Examiner ruled the child's death a homicide with evidence of multiple traumatic injuries and signs of Battered Child Syndrome.

A manhunt is underway for the couple, who may be in a black 2002 Chevy Cavalier, with MI license plate number, DTR 1854.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office later issued a warrant for the arrest of Diaz and Fields, according to police.

Police records show that the incident isn't the first time they've had trouble at the home.

Police were sent to the home May 20, 2016, on a report of a domestic assault. Fields was arrested on domestic violence charges but Diaz later told police she didn't want to press charges.

She was found with obvious and severe burns on her arms and legs.

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