Judge gives ‘animal’ mom prison for girl’s abuse, death

Buy Photo A judge had harsh words Wednesday and a long prison sentence for a Sumpter Township woman convicted in the abuse and murderof her 4-year-old daughter.

"You are a female breeder who neglected your child for the love of a bum named Brad," Judge Vonda Evans said in Wayne County Circuit Court as she sentenced 25-year-old Candice Diaz to 30 to 60 years for the murder and abuse of Gabby Barrett. "You assisted this monster in the drowning of your beautiful, precious gift."

Diaz’s boyfriend, Brad Fields, was sentenced to life in prison for murder and other charges in connection with the girl’s death.

Evans told Diaz: "It is fitting … that you and Brad are where you both belong: behind bars like the animals that you are."

Gabby was starved, beaten, tortured and forced to sleep on a plastic garbage bag in a freezing mobile home in Sumpter Township in the last months of her life, a township investigator testified during the preliminary examination for Fields, 29, who is the father of Gabby’s younger sister.

Some of the abuse was videotaped and was shared between Diaz and Fields in text messages.The child died New Year’s Day. Police were called to the girl’s […]

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