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Manhunt for pair charged in girl's death underway

10 January 2018, 12:45 | Simon Arnold

Couple On The Run After Being Charged With Killing Daughter, 4, Who Had Burns All Over Body

URGENT: Manhunt underway for couple after 4-year-old girl found dead with 'severe burns'

Police are searching for a woman and her boyfriend in connection with the death of a 4-year-old MI girl who was found with severe burns, WDIV reported.

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

Candice Renea Diaz and Brad Edward Fields
Candice Renea Diaz and Brad Edward Fields

Leah Barrett said her family is heartbroken over the loss, but feels better knowing Diaz and Fields have been found and arrested. She was rushed to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, where she was pronounced dead. His first time there was Sunday night, for a candlelight vigil. "I know we may not have a lot of information at all, but it just hurts".

This concludes a manhunt launched after an autopsy found that Gabby Barrett's death was a homicide. "She would run around the house when we had her, always with a big ol' smile on her face".


According to neighbors, Child Protective Services had been to the home several times over the years, but the children were never taken from the home. Police say they are believed to be driving a black 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier with MI plates DTR1854.

Police records show that Diaz told investigators that Fields had beat her and shot her dog before shooting himself in a suicidal outburst, the news station reported.


Both Diaz and Fields are being charged with murder.

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. She pleaded guilty to weapons charges and received probation.


The suspects were arrested by U.S. Marshals in Macon, Georgia with help from the Lowndes County Sheriff Department, said Sumpter Township Police Chief Eric Luke in a news release.



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