Babysitter arrested after toddler found buried in shallow grave

Christopher A. Grimmett
Christopher A. Grimmett

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – An Indiana man has been arrested on a preliminary charge of murder in the death of his girlfriend’s 2-year-old he was allegedly babysitting after police found the toddler buried in a shallow grave in a backyard.

Christopher A. Grimmett
Christopher A. Grimmett

Police were called just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday to a home northeast of Warsaw on a custody complaint. There, 29-year-old Christopher A. Grimmett told investigators he was babysitting his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter — young Adalin P. Stamper — earlier that day but that the girl’s maternal grandmother had picked up the child.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Chad Hill said deputies quickly debunked that claim, and began to “back-track” Grimmett’s path Thursday night.

It led officers to Grimmett’s brother’s home on Warsaw’s west side, where Hill said he’d been earlier in the afternoon with Adalin. There, in the backyard of the home, sheriff’s deputies found a shallow grave where Adalin’s body was uncovered, Hill said.

The home where the body of a 2-year-old was found buried in a shallow grave Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, is shown. (Chad Hill/Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department)
The home where the body of a 2-year-old was found buried in a shallow grave Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, is shown. (Chad Hill/Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department)

The Kosciusko County Coroner was called to the scene. The cause of Adalin’s death is still under investigation pending an autopsy, Hill said. Scene technicians with the Kosciusko County Major Crimes Task Force were also called out.

Hill said Grimmett made a statement to Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputies that led to his arrest. He did not say what the statement included. Grimmett is being held on a prosecutorial hold for murder in the Kosciusko County Jail.

Grimmett has prior convictions for resisting arrest, drugs and battery by bodily waste, court records show. He’s also engaged in a custody battle for his own children, according to court records.