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

Violet Powell
January 10, 2018

A manhunt is underway for a MI woman and her boyfriend charged in the death of the woman's 4-year-old daughter, who suffered injuries that included severe burns on her arms and legs.

Fields was also charged as a habitual offender, police said.

Officers and the girl's family tried to revive her with CPR, police said, but she had to be rushed to a hospital in Ann Arbor, where she was eventually pronounced dead.

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

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.

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.

They both have warrants for their arrest on charges of torture, child abuse, felony murder, and second degree murder.

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Fox 2 Detroit reported Candice Diaz having prior encounters with authorities: in May 2016, SWAT officers were called to the trailer home after the woman reported that her boyfriend had attacked her, shot her dog and then himself.

The Sumpter Township Police Department said Monday they've been searching for the couple since Saturday.

[Photo: US Marshals]Gabby's biological father, Kyle Barrett, isn't a suspect in the child's murder, according to FOX2. Grandfather Jerry Barrett noted that it was hard to grieve because the family could not put her to rest.

The man involved in the incident was arrested and charged with domestic violence.

"She was a ball of joy", added Deborah Barrett, Gabby's grandmother. She pleaded guilty to weapons charges and received probation. She always had a smile on her face, loved to play. Diaz told them Fields punched her several times in the head and smashed her cellphone, according to a Sumpter Township Police report.

The police have appealed to any member of the public with information as to the whereabouts of Diaz and Fields to come forward.

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