$1M bond set for father after toddler found decomposed

July 30, 2015: Eric Warfel made his first court appearance today after his baby daughter was found "badly decomposed" in a Medina apartment.

MEDINA, Ohio -- A judge has set bond at $1 million for the father arrested after his daughter was found "badly decomposed."

That came as Eric Warfel made his first court appearance Thursday morning.

A cable worker found the toddler's body inside a crib at a Medina apartment complex Wednesday morning in the 500 block of East Reagan Parkway.

Warfel is accused of putting trash in the child's room to disguise the smell of her decomposing body. It's believed the toddler died on or about June 18.

Police say they believe the dead child is Ember Warfel, who would be two years old this coming October.

The Medina County Coroner has sent the body to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Investigators tracked Warfel's movements to Crocker Park in Westlake on Wednesday where he was arrested without incident. He was found in the company of his other daughter, who is seven years old.

Warfel has been charged with abuse of a corpse, which is a fifth-degree felony. Police say additional charges are expected.

Warfel's seven-year-old daughter has been put in the custody of her grandparents.

Investigators were assisted by officers from the Fairview Park Police Department, the Westlake Police Department and detectives from the New York City Police Department.

Warfel said in court Thursday that his ex-wife lives in New York.

A post on Warfel's Facebook page from April 3, 2013 indicates he also had a five-month-old daughter who died back on March 31, 2013.

This child, identified as Erin Delynn Warfel, died from "sudden unexplained infant death" with "manner undetermined," according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.


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