MEDINA, Ohio — Bond has been set at $1 million for a father whose 1-year-old daughter’s badly decomposed body was found in a crib Wednesday.
Eric Warfel faces a charge of abuse of a corpse, and additional charges are expected.
Police say a cable installer went inside Warfel’s East Reagan Parkway apartment Wednesday and found 1-year-old Ember Warfel’s body decomposed in the crib.
During Warfel’s Thursday court appearance, the judge stated that Warfel told authorities that Ember died on or about June 18. The judge also stated that Warfel said he did not remove her body from the crib and did not notify anyone of her death.
Warfel told authorities that he threw trash into the child’s bedroom to disguise the smell of her decomposing body. He reportedly was living in a motel when the baby’s body was found.
The judge stated that Ember’s mother lives in New York.
It was also confirmed that another of their children died in 2013.
At that time, Warfel lived in Cleveland. Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office records state that Erin Delynn Warfel, 5 months old, died in March 2013. The cause was ruled “unexplained” and the manner of death was undetermined.
The place of Erin’s death was the emergency room at Fairview Hospital.
Shortly after Ember’s body was discovered Wednesday, Warfel was arrested at Crocker Park. He was with his 7-year-old daughter at the time. The 7-year-old is being cared for by her grandparents.
Police are now attempting to locate and contact Ember’s mother.
The cause of Ember’s death is still unknown and will be investigated.
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