Manhunt for pair charged in girl's death underway

URGENT: Manhunt underway for couple after 4-year-old girl found dead with 'severe burns'

MI authorities and the U.S. Marshals are searching for a Sumpter Township man and woman after police found a 4-year-old daughter dead in their home. Fields, the mother's boyfriend, has been charged as a habitual offender, Sumpter Township police wrote on Facebook.

Police responded to a 911 call around 10:45 a.m. on January 1 for an unresponsive 4-year-old girl. Police said the girl was suffering from severe burns on her body.

According to police, the girl was taken to an area hospital and pronounced dead shortly after arriving. A Washtenaw County Medical Examiner ruled the little girl's death as a homicide, with signs of "Battered Child Syndrome".

Diaz and Fields are believed to be driving a black 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier bearing MI plate DTR1854. The police have urged the people to call the U.S. Marshal Detroit Fugitive Apprehension team at 313-234-5656 or the Sumpter Township Police at 734-461-4833 ext. They are also looking for the woman's boyfriend.

A relative of Fields described him as "a very violent, scary person" in an interview with Fox 2 Detroit.

According to reports, Fields was arrested on May 20, 2016, and was charged with multiple counts of crime including firearm possession and domestic violence.

"We didn't know. We would have gone" and removed her from the home, he said.

The suspects were arrested by U.S. Marshals in Macon, Georgia with help from the Lowndes County Sheriff Department, said Sumpter Township Police Chief Eric Luke in a news release.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the victim's kin to raise funds for her funeral.

Barrett's grandmother, Deborah Barret said: "She was a ball of joy". Grandfather Jerry Barrett noted that it was hard to grieve because the family could not put her to rest. WDIV reported that Diaz was booked on weapons charges at that time. "She would run around the house when we had her, always with a big ol' smile on her face".

The police have appealed to any member of the public with information as to the whereabouts of Diaz and Fields to come forward.