Ohio father Eric Warfel was arrested and charged in the death of his one-year-old infant daughter. According to investigators, a cable installer who arrived at Warfel’s apartment complex saw the “badly decomposed” body of a baby, later identified as Ember Warfel.
Eric Warfel, 34, lived with another daughter, 7, who was removed from the apartment and placed with relatives.
Writes NBC News: “Eric Warfel was charged with abuse of a corpse after the installer found the body of a baby girl inside a crib while updating equipment at an apartment in Medina, Ohio, Wednesday morning, the Medina Police Department said in a statement.”
The discovery was made Wednesday morning when a cable service employee was updating equipment at Warfel’s apartment, located at the 500 block of East Reagan Parkway in Medina. Warfel was not at home at the time of the discovery. Police later took him into custody.
Police said Warfel had piled up garbage and refuse inside of Ember’s bedroom in an attempt to “mask the smell.” Still, the Medina police chief commented, “It’s a smell you never forget.”
Ember is thought to have died around June 18. The Cuyahoga County Coroner will be doing at autopsy to determine the child’s cause of death.
Warfel appeared in court today, charged with fifth-degree felony abuse of a corpse. He is being held on a $1 million bond. Additional charges may be filed, pending the results of the autopsy.
Officials said Warfel never called paramedics or authorities when Ember died; he simply tried to conceal the death – and poorly at that. The mother of Warfel’s two children reportedly lives in New York and does not have custody of the girls.
Adds the Inquisitr: “According to the judge, Warfel and his ex-wife had another child that passed away in March 2013 in Cuyahoga County. The Associated Press reports the death was ruled as sudden unexplained infant death with the manner undetermined, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. However, the discovery of Ember’s body has prompted the police to launch a further investigation into 5-month-old Erin Delynn Warfel’s death.”