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

A desperate manhunt is underway Tuesday morning to find a woman and her boyfriend in connection with the death of a 4-year-old girl.

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.

Police said that the home where the girl was found with serious scald wounds was full of animal waste and contained guns and drugs. She was pronounced dead a short time later at an Ann Arbor hospital.

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

In May 2016, Fields was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic violence after Diaz accused him of assaulting her multiple times and shooting her dog.

Fields and Diaz are charged with felony murder, second-degree murder, and first-degree child abuse and torture, according to a press release issued Monday, Jan. 8, from the Sumpter Township Police Department.

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

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Diaz pleaded guilty to two charges: possession of prescription forms and altering ID marks on a firearm, online court records show.

No one from CPS was immediately available for comment.

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

Brad Fields, 28, faces murder, child abuse and torture charges in the death of Gabrielle Barrett on January 1, 2018.

"She was an overall awesome kid".

"We didn't know. We would have gone" and removed her from the home, he said. She was loveable. She was sweet.

"She's just a little angel". "It's nice to get some closure with this".

  • Adam Floyd