MEDINA, Ohio– A one-year-old girl was found dead inside an apartment in Medina on Wednesday. The father, Eric Warfel, was arrested and charged with abuse of a corpse. Police said additional charges are expected.
Medina police identified the child as Ember Warfel.
Officials tell Fox 8’s Kevin Freeman that a cable installer arrived at the apartment around 10 a.m. and when he went inside, he found the baby’s body decomposed in a crib. It’s believed the child may have been dead about a month.
The cable installer then called police. Neighbors told police that they saw the father leave the apartment the night before the cable installer arrived.
“The gentleman that was here would never hook up with them. Finally he gave permission to come in today and he was gone last night, so actually the poor cable repairman was the one that discovered the child,” said Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci.
Warfel was arrested shortly after at Crocker Park, while he was with his 7-year-old daughter. He’s being held in the Medina County Jail. His daughter is being cared for by her grandparents.
“It’s been very hard on the officers; almost every one of them on this case today has young children,” Berarducci added.
Police are now attempting to locate and contact the baby’s mother; it is possible she is in New York City.
The cause of the girl’s death is unknown, and will be investigated.
This is a developing story; stay with Fox 8 and Fox8.com for updates.