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Friday, October 06, 2017 8:20 pm

50 years in prison for slaying of 2-year-old

Warsaw man had pleaded guilty but mentally ill

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A Warsaw man who admitted beating his ex-girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter to death and burying her in a backyard could spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Kosciusko Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed sentenced Christopher Grimmett to 50 years in prison Thursday.

Grimmett, 30, had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder in the November death of Adalin P. Stamper.

The judge accepted a plea agreement signed by Grimmett, his attorney, Jay Rigdon, and Kosciusko County Prosecutor Dan Hamption. The deal called for Grimmett to receive a 50-year sentence.

A motion to seek an insanity defense was filed in February.

Kosciusko sheriff’s deputies were called because of a custody complaint the evening of Nov. 10. Grimmett told police he had been baby-sitting his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter and that the child’s maternal grandmother had picked her up.

Officers determined that wasn’t the case and retraced Grimmett’s steps to his brother’s Sue Avenue home in Warsaw. Police learned Grimmett was at his brother’s home earlier in the afternoon with the girl.

Her shallow grave was discovered in the backyard after police obtained a search warrant from Grimmett’s brother and sister-in-law.

Kosciusko County Coroner Tony Ciriello determined the cause of the girl’s death was multiple blunt force traumatic injuries.

With good behavior credit and time already served, Grimmett could be released in 2050.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.