Sumpter Township woman sentenced for role in 4-year-old daughter's torture, murder

Candice Diaz to spend 30-60 years in prison

Candice Diaz at her sentencing on Dec. 5, 2018. (WDIV)
Candice Diaz at her sentencing on Dec. 5, 2018. (WDIV)

DETROIT – A woman who pleaded guilty to murder and abuse charges in connection to the death of her 4-year-old daughter was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison on Wednesday.

Candice Diaz and her boyfriend are accused of abusing and killing Diaz's 4-year-old daughter, Gabrielle Barrett. The abuse allegedly happened on New Year's Day 2018 in the couple's trailer on Greenmeadow Drive in Sumpter Township. 

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In October, Diaz's boyfriend, Brad Fields, was sentenced after a jury found him guilty on a list of charges including 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. 

Brad Fields and Candice Diaz
Brad Fields and Candice Diaz

Diaz, meanwhile, struck a plea deal. She pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree child abuse charges. Torture and felony murder charges were dropped as part of the deal. 

Judge Vonda Evans spoke to Diaz at her sentencing. 

"Ma'am, there is nothing that I can humanly give you that will equalize or excuse what you did to your child. Take her out," said Evans. 

Diaz sat quietly before being led out of court. 

Police found Gabrielle with burns and bruises all over her body. She was unresponsive with "obvious" severe burns, officers reported. She was rushed to the hospital and was pronounced dead shortly after. 

In court, the couple was accused of abusing her because she was having trouble being potty trained. After she died, the couple ran. Police found them and arrested them without incident in Georgia

"Her death is from her body breaking down from all of the injuries," said the prosecutor. 

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