Bond remains $1M for Ohio dad of girl found dead in crib

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Posted: Aug 18, 2015 9:01 AM

MEDINA, Ohio (AP) — Bond is being kept at $1 million for an Ohioan charged with corpse abuse after a cable technician found his daughter's decomposed body in a crib.

Eric Warfel was arrested after the body of 21-month-old Ember Warfel was discovered in late July. A medical examiner hasn't ruled on how or when she died.

Warfel's lawyer had sought a lower bond, arguing police had provided a Medina court with incorrect information about Warfel's intentions. Warfel never told police that trash in his home was meant to hide the smell or that he intended to flee, attorney Michael O'Shea said.

"We believe the $1 million bond was set using information that was flat-out false," O'Shea told a judge Monday, according to The Medina County Gazette (http://bit.ly/1fmwxfa ).

Prosecutors argued Warfel deserved a high bond, noting that he's under investigation in a homicide case and that he had stayed at a hotel instead of his home, which was filled with trash.

The judge agreed Monday to keep the $1 million bond, citing the seriousness of the case.

Warfel pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity and is expected to undergo a psychological evaluation. After the evaluation, he could again request that his bond be reduced, the newspaper said.

Another daughter of Warfel's, a 5-month-old, died in 2013. A medical examiner ruled that case as a "sudden unexplained infant death."

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Information from: The Medina County Gazette, http://www.medina-gazette.com