A cable installer stumbled upon the grisly find of a decomposed baby in a crib while he was working updating services in an Ohio apartment. The police were called and the father of that baby, Eric Warfel, was arrested. Police took the father into custody at a Westlake, Ohio, shopping center where he was shopping with his 7-year-old daughter.
Warfel told police that his baby daughter died on or around June 18 and he didn’t want the family to know. When the smell got so horrendous, he put trash in the baby’s bedroom to mask the odor, reports NBC News on July 31. The mother of the baby and the older daughter is somewhere in New York, Warfel told police.
The father was charged with abuse of a corpse, which is a fifth-degree felony, but more charges are expected to follow. He was put on a $1 million bond, as he was considered a flight risk, which was expressed to the court by the state’s prosecutors. His daughter was placed in the custody of her grandparents.
When the baby died this father didn’t call the police or medical professionals and his excuse for this was that he didn’t want the family to know that the baby was dead. His line of thinking as to why he didn’t want the family to know is not clear, but one would suspect they would find out eventually.
Although the baby was dead for over a month and it wasn’t a family member who found her, but the cable guy. This means he was able to keep the baby girl’s death concealed for that period of time without anyone getting suspicious and calling police.
The baby was identified as 1-year-old Ember Warfal. According to WPTV Channel 5 News, back in March of 2013, Warfel and his ex-wife had lost another daughter. That death was ruled as a “sudden unexplained infant death.” Today the Medina Police and the state’s prosecutor’s office have decided to take another look at that case.