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Disturbing Father leaves toddler's corpse to decompose in crib for over a month

An Ohio father has been indicted by a grand jury for keeping the body of his dead 21-month-old daughter in a crib in his apartment for over a month.

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A Medina County grand jury ruled to indict Eric Warfel, 34, Tuesday on felony charges of abusing a corpse in the fifth degree and tampering with evidence in the third degree.

The medical examiner hadn’t ruled on the cause of death as of Thursday afternoon.

A technician from Armstrong Cable was working at the Forest Meadows Apartments Homes in Medina installing wiring at the residence of Eric Warfel July 29.

Warfel was not home at the time, and after realizing there was a very strong smell inside the apartment, the technician discovered the body of Ember Warfel in a garbage-strewn bedroom.

The body was in such bad condition it could not be determined at first if the child was a boy or a girl.

The Medina-Gazette reported that Warfel was arrested later that day while out on a shopping trip with his other daughter, Elizabeth, 7.

He had spent the previous night with the girl at a Motel 6, where detectives later discovered cocaine.

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