Father claims insanity after 1-year-old daughter found dead in crib

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MEDINA, Ohio — After the body of a 1-year-old girl was found badly decomposed inside her crib, the child's father pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Monday, FOX8 reports.

Eric Warfel, 34, of suburban Cleveland, was arrested July 29 after a cable company employee discovered Ember Warfel's body in a crib. Authorities say she had been there for more than a month.

Warfel told authorities he threw trash into the child's room to disguise the smell of her decomposing body, FOX8 reports.

The medical examiner hasn't ruled on her cause of death.

Warfel -- who, in 2013, had another child who died -- was indicted on felony charges of abusing a corpse and tampering with evidence, FOX8 reports.

Warfel's attorney, Michael O'Shea, said in a statement last week that he is reserving further comment until he's had time to present their side to the prosecutor.

O'Shea said there's more to the case than what is being released by police.

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