Mother, boyfriend arrested for torture, murder of 4-year-old - WNEM TV 5

Mother, boyfriend arrested for torture, murder of 4-year-old

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Source: Sumpter Township Police Department Source: Sumpter Township Police Department
SUMPTER TOWNSHIP, MICH. -

Authorities have arrested a man and woman accused in the death of a 4-year-old girl found severely burned. 

Police received a 911 call about 10:43 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1 at a home on Greenmeadow Drive, inside the Rawsonville Woods Mobile Home Community, for reports of a 4-year-old girl who was unresponsive.

When officers arrived, they found family members performing CPR on the child. Police said the girl was suffering from severe burns on her body.

She was taken to Saint Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor by ambulance. The girl was pronounced dead shortly after arriving, officials said.

A medical examiner ruled her death a homicide on Jan. 3. An autopsy found the girl had “multiple traumatic injuries” and “signs of Battered Child Syndrome (multiple injuries, multiple sites, multiple ages),” police said.

The Sumpter Township Police Department said an arrest warrant has been approved by the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office charging both the child's mother, 24-year-old Candice Renea Diaz, and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Brad Edward Fields with the following:

Count 1: Homicide - felony murder
Count 2: Homicide - murder - second degree
Count 3: Child abuse - first degree 
Count 4: Torture

Fields was also charged as a habitual offender, police said.

The couple was arrested on Jan. 9 shortly before 4 p.m. in Georgia.

They were taken into custody by the U.S. Marshals Service, the Sumpter Township Police Department said.

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