Ohio father Eric Warfel is charged with abuse of a corpse after a cable installer found a baby girl dead in her crib in his apartment. The baby is said to be Warfel’s daughter, 1-year-old Ember Warfel. NBC News shared the details on Thursday.
Reports indicate that the cable installer was working in Warfel’s apartment on Wednesday when a “badly decomposed” body was found in a crib. The installer notified the police, who arrested Eric Warfel at a Westlake, Ohio shopping center. Warfel was with his 7-year-old daughter at the shopping center, and she is now with her grandparents. The mother of the two girls, Warfel’s ex-wife, is said to live in New York.
An autopsy will be performed on the baby’s body to determine a cause of death. Eric Warfel is charged with a fifth-degree felony for abuse of a corpse, though additional charges are expected to come as the investigation continues. Warfel appeared in court where the judge set bond for $1 million. The judge indicated a concern that Warfel could be a flight risk.
Warfel told authorities that Ember died around June 18. The man tried to hide the baby’s death from the rest of the family and admits that he even put trash in the bedroom to cover the smell of her decomposition. Reports indicate that this is not the first child of Warfel’s that has died. A 5-month-old child named Erin Delynn Warfel died of “sudden unexplained infant death” in March 2013.
According to WPTV, authorities will be taking another look at Erin’s death in the light of Ember’s death. Reports indicate that Eric Warfel had not been staying in the apartment, but rather he had been living in a motel. Drugs are said to have been found in his motel room.
The building where the apartment was had been getting new Internet modems, and Warfel had been avoiding the cable installer appointment. ABC 5 indicates that Warfel had agreed to an appointment for Wednesday and that is when the girl’s body was found. It seems that Ember’s mother learned of the baby’s death from police after authorities found the child. The couple is divorced, though few other details about the family have been revealed.
Though Eric Warfel was charged with one count related to the child’s death, the investigation continues and more charges are believed to be coming. Many will be interested to learn more from authorities as the details surrounding the death of Ember Warfel are revealed. The case has been a shocking one for those following the story and the neighbors are said to be stunned.