Sumpter Twp. couple wanted for murder of girl, 4, arrested in Georgia

Michele Moreno
January 10, 2018

Pictured, Sumpter Township, Michigan four year old girl, Gabby Barrett as her authorities now seek the arrest of her mother, Candice Renea Diaz and her boyfriend, Brad Fields in relation to the girl's death.

WILX reports Fields has also previously been accused of assaulting Diaz, shooting her dog and then shooting himself.

Authorities need the public's help tracking down a man and woman accused in the death of a four-year-old girl found severely burned in MI, according to KTLA sister station WNEM.

The girl was rushed to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner ruled the girl's death as a homicide since there was enough evidence of multiple injuries and signs of battery on the victim's body.

Police have begun a manhunt for the couple, who are believed to be driving a black 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, with a MI license plate reading DTR1854. Fields fled the scene, but was later picked up on domestic violence charges.

Gabby was found at the home of her mother and her partner January 1, according to the Daily Mail. Diaz told them Fields punched her several times in the head and smashed her cellphone, according to a Sumpter Township Police report.

Told Kyle Barrett, Gabby's father via Fox 2 Detroit, 'She didn't have to pass the way she did but I hope we get justice for her really soon.

The Sumpter Township Police Department said Monday they've been searching for the couple since Saturday. Grandfather Jerry Barrett noted that it was hard to grieve because the family could not put her to rest.

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

Gabby's grandmother, Deborah Barrett, described the little girl as a "ball of joy".

Diaz pleaded guilty to two charges: possession of prescription forms and altering ID marks on a firearm, online court records show. "She would run around the house when we had her, always with a big ol' smile on her face".

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

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