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Man convicted of murder, torture in death of 4-year-old

Posted at 9:17 AM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 10:49:43-04

A Michigan man has been convicted in the brutal death of his girlfriend's four-year-old daughter.

A jury found 29 year-old Brad Fields guilty of felony and second-degree murder as well as child abuse and torture charges in the death of Gabrielle Barrett.

His girlfriend, Candice Diaz, is currently awaiting trial on the same charges.

Fields' attorney had argued his client wasn't responsible for the torture.

Officers responding to a 911 call Jan. 1 found Gabrielle with severe burns in a Sumpter Township trailer home.

She was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital. Investigators said Fields and Diaz discussed in Facebook Messenger about how to punish the girl for wetting herself.

Fields and his girlfriend, Candice Diaz, were captured in Georgia more than a week after Gabrielle died.

Fields is scheduled to be sentenced on October 9 and Diaz goes on trial in March.