Detroit-area woman to stand trial in death of daughter, 4

September 4, 2018

SUMPTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area woman faces trial on murder, child abuse, torture and other charges in the death of her 4-year-old daughter.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 25-year-old Candice Diaz was bound over to circuit court following Tuesday’s preliminary examination.

Officers responding to a 911 call on Jan. 1 found Gabrielle Barrett with severe burns in a Sumpter Township trailer home, southwest of Detroit. She was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital. A medical examiner later ruled her death a homicide with evidence of traumatic injuries.

Diaz and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Brad Fields, were captured in Georgia more than a week after the girl died.

Fields also is charged with second-degree murder, felony murder, torture and first-degree child abuse.

Diaz’ circuit court arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 11.

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