Suspects in death of 4-year-old MI girl captured in Georgia

Aaron Brown
January 10, 2018

MI authorities and the U.S. Marshals are searching for a Sumpter Township man and woman after police found a 4-year-old daughter dead in their home. Fields is also charged as a habitual offender.

Sumpter Township Police responded to a 911 call on New Year's Day and found family members attempting CPR on the helpless girl.

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

The Wayne County Medical Examiner's office on January 3 ruled Gabrielle's death a homicide.

A manhunt is underway for Diaz and Fields, and they are believed to be driving a black 2002 Chevy Cavalier bearing MI license plate DTR 1854, pictured below.

The girl's mother, 24-year-old Candice Renea Diaz, and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Brad Edward Fields, have both been charged with felony murder, second-degree murder, and first-degree child abuse and torture. Diaz told them Fields punched her several times in the head and smashed her cellphone, according to a Sumpter Township Police report. "When Gabby came over, she never had any marks or bruises on her", she said.

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.

The story is still developing.

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He was later arrested on domestic violence charges.

Michigan State Police and the Child Protective Services agency are now assisting with the crime investigation.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the victim's kin to raise funds for her funeral. I know we may not have a lot of information at all, but, it just hurts'.

Pictured, Michigan toddler, Gabby Barrett and her biological father, Kyle Barrett.

Gabrielle Barrett had an upbeat personality and loved the movie Frozen, said her grandfather, Jerry Barrett, 47.

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

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

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