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Police Searching For Couple Who Allegedly Burned And Tortured 4-Year-Old Girl To Death
"I want her to turn herself in, I want justice for Gabby," said the father.
Police are currently on the hunt for Candice R. Diaz, 24, and Brad E. Fields, 28, a Detroit area couple who are suspects in the death of 4-year-old Gabby Barrett.
According to WXYZ, Barrett was found on New Year's Day with severe injuries and burns on her extremities after police received a call about an unresponsive child. She was taken to a nearby hospital and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. Her death was ruled a homicide, reported Detroit Free Press.
"Upon arrival, CPR was being administered by family members and officers found the child suffering from severe burns about her extremities," read a news release.
Gabby's numerous traumatic injuries indicated that she had been hurt at numerous times throughout her short life.
Diaz (Barrett's mother) and Fields (her boyfriend) were named prime suspects in the death. They both now face charges on four counts, including murder, child abuse and torture.
Investigators said that the house of Diaz and Fields was filled with animal waste, guns and drugs. Child Protective Services and the Michigan State Police Forensics Unit have been called to assist in the case.
"Do I do I think she did it? To be honest with you, no. I think she had something to do with it, but I think it was her boyfriend that actually abused them," said Gabby's father, Jerry Barrett.
Police are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of Diaz and Fields. The duo are believed to be driving a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier with a license plate numbered DTR1854. US Marshals are encouraging those with more information to call (313) 234-5656.
The Barrett family is currently raising funds for a proper funeral for the child. They have created a GoFundMe page for the cause.
"Please help us put our little girl to rest," reads the page
A candlelight vigil was also held in the child's memory.
"She was a ball of joy. She always had a smile on her face, loved to play. She would run around the house when we had her always with a big ole smile on her face," said her grandmother, Deborah Barret. "Keep flying, Gabby. Keep flying. We're watching you and we love you."
[Photo: Facebook, Sumpter Township Police Department]