Police are searching for the parents of a 4-year-old Sumpter Township girl who died Monday after being found with severe burns.
Candice Renea Diaz, 24, the child's mother, as well as Diaz's boyfriend, 28-year-old Brad Edward Fields, are charged in an arrest warrant approved by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office with murder, child abuse and torture, reports CBS Detroit.
Diaz and Fields are believed to be traveling in a black 2002 Chevy Cavalier with MI tag number DTR1854, police officials said.
The girl's death was ruled a homicide two days later, after an autopsy which also revealed additional traumatic injuries and evidence of Battered Child Syndrome.
Gabrielle had obvious severe burns about her extremities and was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Fields is a habitual domestic violence offender with two prior incidents, according to court records.
Candice Renea Diaz and Brad Edward Fields
WDIV reported that the girl's January 1 death was not the first time police have been called to the couple's mobile home.
Leah Barrett said her family is heartbroken over the loss, but feels better knowing Diaz and Fields have been found and arrested.
Police were sent to the home May 20, 2016, on a report of a domestic assault.
Along with discovering blood inside the home, an investigator noted this: "The smell in the house was quite foul due to old garbage, decaying food, uncleaned dishes, dog urine on the living room floor, dog feces in the children's room, a rabbit with unchanged wood shavings and general uncleanliness".
Currently, US Marshals are offering a reward of up to $5000 leading to the arrest of Candice Diaz and Brad Fields.
Barrett spoke to WJBK about his daughter Sunday night at a candlelight vigil held in her memory.
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