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Mother, boyfriend sought in 4-year-year-old's death


Federal authorities are joining police in southern MI in the search for a couple after a 4-year-old girl was found dead New Year's Day with "severe burns".

Candice Renea Diaz, 24, and Brad Fields, 28, were captured by U.S. Marshals in Lake Park near the Florida state line, the Sumpter Township Police Department confirmed.

According to Sumpter Township police, officers responded around 10:45 a.m. January 1 to a report of an unresponsive 4-year-old girl at a residence in a Sumpter Township mobile home community.

After the arrived, CPR was being administered by family members and officers found the girl suffering from "obvious severe burns about her extremities". She was rushed to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, where she was pronounced dead.

The coroner ruled the death a homicide due to signs of battered child syndrome.

MI police charged Candice Diaz and Brad Fields in the death of Diaz's four-year-old daughter.

Diaz and Fields are now facing charges of felony murder, second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and torture, police said.




Fields allegedly faked a gunshot wound on May 25, 2016 in an incident where he was accused of assaulting Diaz and possibly shooting her dog, police said. It's unclear whether Fields is the child's father.

In 2006, Fields pleaded guilty to carrying an unauthorized concealed weapon and served a year of probation.

The couple's infant daughter is in the custody of Child Protective Services.

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

"She seemed OK, playing outside with the other kids", he said.

"She's just a little angel".

"We didn't know anything was going on".

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