Father Sentenced For Not Reporting Daughter’s Death Until Her Decomposed Body Was Found

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A man who did not report his daughter’s death for about a month before a cable company worker found her decomposed body in a crib at their apartment was sentenced to three years in prison.

Eric Warfel, 35, who also had an infant daughter die 2013 in what was ruled a ‘sudden unexplained infant death’, was sentenced on Friday after being convicted on charges including corpse abuse.

Prosecutors argued that Warfel did not report the death of his 21-month-old daughter, Ember, in Medina last summer because he did not want an autopsy to be performed.

But in letters asking the judge for leniency, his relatives and friends described Warfel as a gentle, protective father who was devastated after losing one daughter and made poor choices because he just couldn’t cope when it happened again.

Warfel had moved to a motel with his surviving daughter, now eight, and investigators found cocaine in their room after arresting him at a mall near Cleveland once Ember’s body was found.

Medical examiners could not determine a cause of death because of decomposition but did find traces of cocaine in her hair samples.

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