Mother, boyfriend sought in torture, murder of girl, 4

A manhunt is underway for a MI woman and her boyfriend charged in the death of the woman's 4-year-old daughter, who suffered injuries that included severe burns on her arms and legs.

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

On the morning of New Year's Day, police responded to a report of an unresponsive girl at a home in the Rawsonville Woods Mobile Home Community in Sumpter Township, Mich., about 30 miles southwest of Detroit. She had severe burns to her body and was pronounced dead at an Ann Arbor Hospital.

The Washtenaw County (Mich.) Medical Examiner ruled the death a homicide with evidence of multiple traumatic injuries and battered-child syndrome - meaning she suffered multiple injuries, at multiple sites, at multiple ages.

Diaz and Fields are believed to be driving a black 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier bearing MI plate DTR1854.

Candice Diaz, the girl's mother, and her boyfriend Brad Fields were arrested Tuesday in Lake Park, Georgia off I-75 near the state line of Florida. Diaz told them Fields punched her several times in the head and smashed her cellphone, according to a Sumpter Township Police report. They are also looking for the woman's boyfriend.

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

As police search for the child's parents, not much information about the investigation has been released.

A GoFundMe page initially set up to help her family bury her has since been removed, but a second one has been established.

According to reports, Fields was arrested on May 20, 2016, and was charged with multiple counts of crime including firearm possession and domestic violence.

"She didn't have to pass the way she did, but I hope we get justice for her really soon", Barrett said.

Barrett's grandmother, Deborah Barret said: "She was a ball of joy".

Mugshots released Monday by Sumpter Township police officials appear to stem from charges filed against both Fields and Diaz following that incident. She pleaded guilty to weapons charges and received probation.

  • Rogelio Becker