MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — A trial is scheduled to begin Monday for the father of a 21-month-old Ohio girl whose decomposed body was found in a crib.
The charges against Eric Warfel include corpse abuse and tampering with evidence. Warfel previously pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, but was found competent to stand trial. A judge — not a jury — will decide Warfel’s guilt or innocence.
Ember Warfel’s body was discovered by a cable company worker last July in a Medina (meh-DY’-nuh) apartment.
Prosecutors have said Ember’s autopsy was completed but the coroner hasn’t ruled on a cause of death because of the level of decomposition. Warfel’s attorney says Ember was born with severe medical problems.
Warfel had another daughter who died in 2013. That was ruled a “sudden unexplained infant death.”