Candice Diaz (Sumpter Twp Police)

Mom Gets 30-60 Years In Prison In 4-Year-Old Daughter's Death

December 06, 2018 - 7:43 am

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A metro Detroit woman who pleaded guilty to murder and child abuse charges in the death of her 4-year-old daughter has been sentenced to 30-60 years in prison.

Candice Diaz learned her punishment Wednesday after entering a plea agreement. Judge Vonda Evans told Diaz that there's "nothing that I can humanly give you that will equalize or excuse what you did to your child."

Police responding to a 911 call on New Year's Day found Gabrielle Barrett with severe burns in a Sumpter Township trailer home. She was pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner called it the "worst child death case" he'd seen in decades. 

According to published reports, Diaz and her boyfriend, Brad Fields, punished the girl for wetting herself. Some of the alleged abuse included forcing her to endure cold baths, slapping her on the mouth and making her sleep on the cold floor of their mobile home wearing nothing but underwear, according to the report. 

At the time, Diaz told police that her daughter's injuries were accidental and that she had been burned by bath water she'd run herself while left unattended. 

Following the girl's death, Diaz and Fields fled the state and headed south. They were captured by U.S. Marshals while driving near Lake Park, Georgia on Jan. 9. 

Fields in October was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of felony murder, second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse, torture, conspiracy to commit first-degree child abuse and conspiracy to commit second-degree child abuse. 

As part of Diaz's plea deal, charges of torture and felony murder charges were dropped.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.