An Ohio father was arrested after the decomposed body of his 1-year-old child was discovered in a crib at his Medina apartment on Wednesday, reports Cleveland.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., police officials were called to the Forest Meadows Apartment Homes by a cable man who had been updating an internet modem in Eric Warfel’s apartment when he discovered a decomposing body of a child lying in a crib.
Eric Warfel arrested. Cable man finds Warfel’s 2 year old Daughter’s decomposed body in crib in Medina, OH. pic.twitter.com/dABothqh6r
— Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylor19) July 30, 2015
When the Medina police arrived, they were taken back the smell of the dead child, and were so stunned after discovering the decomposing child in that crib that they needed a crisis intervention team to cope.
“This is a difficult case from the emotions of everybody involved,” said Chief Patrick Berarducci.
According to News Net 5, Warfel was at a shopping center with his 7-year-old daughter at the time of the discovery. Police officials tracked him down and placed him under arrest on charges of abuse of a corpse. However, he may face more criminal charges as the investigation ensues.
After questioning Warfel and his daughter — who was released to her grandparents — it was determined that the decomposing child belonged to his 1-year-old daughter, Ember. It is unclear how the child died, but Medina police are withholding whether they suspect foul play or not.
Medina OH: #EricWarfel arrested after body of decomposed 1 y/o daughter Ember found in crib. 7 y/o child removed. https://t.co/QQnN8UCdM3
— Mary Pat Ryan (@MaryPatRyan) July 30, 2015
Neighbors were shocked to uncover that the body of dead child lay decomposing in her crib for at least a month, according to a coroner’s estimation.
“I’m a mother, I’m a human. God created us for love. Love all children,” said one woman who lives in the building. “This is absolutely tragic.”
Jeremy King who lived next door to Warfel said that he has an 11-year-old son who is traumatized after founding out about the tragedy and plans to move out of the building.
Eric Warfel is currently being held at the Medina County Jail until his court date.
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