Couple accused of burning, torturing 4-year-old girl to death captured in Georgia after a week on the run

A woman and her boyfriend wanted in connection with the death of a 4-year-old Michigan girl were captured on Monday morning in Georgia.

Detroit Free Press reports that U.S. Marshals arrested Candice R. Diaz, 24, and Brad E. Fields, 28, near Lake Park, close to Macon. According to the Sumter County Police Dept. in Michigan, the U.S. Marshals worked with the Lowndes County Sheriff Department in Georgia to capture the suspects. No other information was readily available.

UPDATE (1/9/18 @ 3:55pm):CAPTURED!A few minutes ago, both Diaz and Fields were captured while driving near Lake…

Posted by Sumpter Township Police Department on Monday, January 8, 2018


As CrimeOnline previously reported, the suspects were wanted in connection with the death of Vicky “Gabby” Barrett, 4.  Diaz is the biological mother of the child.

Police found Gabby unresponsive on Jan. 1 at around 10:45 a.m., inside her family home in Sumpter Township, Michigan. Authorities arrived to the home after a family member called in for emergency help. Responding officers noted the child had “obvious severe burns about her extremities.”

After administering CPR on the girl, authorities rushed her to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. A Washtenaw County Medical Examiner ruled the little girl’s death as a homicide, with signs of “Battered Child Syndrome.”

The suspects fled before authorities arrived to the home and managed to evade capture for a little over a week.

Gabby’s biological father, Kyle Barrett, isn’t a suspect in the child’s murder, according to FOX2. He said his ex had custody of the little girl at the time of her death.

“She didn’t have to pass the way she did but I hope we get justice for her really soon. I know we may not have a lot of information at all, but, it just hurts,” said Barrett.

Michigan State Police and the Child Protective Services agency are currently assisting with the crime investigation.

The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional information becomes available.

[Feature Photo: Vicky Gabby Barrett/Handout]