Community gathers to remember toddler found dead in Medina apartment

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MEDINA — People in the community are saddened and in disbelief regarding the recent death of a toddler, so they joined in prayer and song Sunday night.

A prayer service was organized at Medina Public Square by several mothers who wanted to do something positive in the community after the devastating loss of Ember Warfel.

"It's just unfathomable that what happened to this little girl,” said Michelle Shaw, an organizer.

"I just don't get it, honestly, for me personally I don't understand because I'm in mourning and sorrow every day and it's just really hard.”

"Being a mom and also I think, just being in the community, stuff doesn't happen like this often.
And just to hear the little girl was in her bed for so long, and nobody knew, it was just devastating and heartbreaking he didn't reach out to anybody or tell anybody,” said Megan Bauer, an organizer.

Medina Police say the remains of the 21-month-old were found inside of an East Reagan Parkway apartment on Wednesday. Police arrested her father, Eric Warfel, at Crocker Park in Westlake with his other daughter, 7.

Authorities say he’s facing abuse of a corpse charges and other charges are possible.

Sunday night, the group who attended the prayer service released balloons in Ember’s name, and prayed for peace for the little girl’s family and also the Medina community.

Read more about Ember here.