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Police Hunt Couple Accused Of Murdering 4-Year-Old

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Police in Michigan are searching for a couple accused of murder and child abuse in the death of 4-year-old Gabby Barrett.

Gabby was found at the home of her mother and her partner Jan. 1, according to the Daily Mail. She had scald wounds all over her body.

Police said she was unresponsive and that family members were performing CPR when they arrived.

Officers noted that the residence was full of animal waste. They also found guns and drugs in the mobile home.

Gabby was rushed to hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival. On Jan. 3, the local medical examiner ruled that her death was a homicide, pointing to signs of numerous traumatic injuries and indications of battered child syndrome.

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Arrest warrants issued for Candice Diaz, Gabby's mother, and Brad Fields, Diaz's boyfriend, charged the pair with second-degree murder, felony murder, first-degree child abuse, and torture. Officers are reportedly searching for a 2002 Chevrolet, which the couple is likely to be traveling in.

Fields also faces a habitual offender charge, according to WNEM.

Diaz has been in previous contact with the police. In May 2016, SWAT officers arrived at the trailer home after Diaz reported that her boyfriend attacked her, shot her dog and then turned the gun on himself.

The man involved in the incident was arrested and charged with domestic violence. Diaz pleaded guilty to weapons offenses and was given a probationary sentence.

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Family members and friends held a vigil to remember Gabby in Sumpter Township, Michigan, Jan. 7.

"She didn't have to pass the way she did but I hope we get justice for her really soon," Kyle Barrett, Gabby's father, told WJBK. "I know we may not have a lot of information at all, but it just hurts."

Gabby's father and grandparents stated that Diaz had custody of the 4-year-old girl when she died. Grandfather Jerry Barrett noted that it was difficult to grieve because the family could not put her to rest.

"She was a ball of joy," added Deborah Barrett, Gabby's grandmother. "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. Keep flying Gabby. Keep flying. We're watching you and we love you."

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

Sources: Daily Mail, WJBK, WNEM / Featured Image: Melkom/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: LoneWolf2/Wikimedia Commons, Msp89 via Wikimedia Commons

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