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Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:11 pm

Murder charge in death of toddler

Jamie Duffy | The Journal Gazette

A Warsaw man is facing a murder charge Friday in the death of a 2-year-old girl.

Kosciusko sheriff’s deputies were initially called Thursday evening to a Warsaw home on report of a custody complaint. At the home, Christopher A. Grimmett, 29, said he had been babysitting his girlfriend’s 2-year-old daughter, Adalin P. Stamper, Thursday and that the child’s maternal grandmother had picked her up, according to a news release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers found the story to be false and retraced Grimmett’s steps to his brother’s residence at 1835 Sue Ave. in Warsaw.

Grimmett was reportedly at his brother’s residence earlier in the afternoon with the little girl, the release said.

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

Grimmett is being held on a prosecutorial hold for murder in the Kosciusko County Jail after Grimmett provided a statement to Kosciusko County Sheriff’s detectives leading to his arrest.

Kosciusko County Coroner Tony Ciriello determined Friday evening that the cause of the girl’s death was multiple blunt force traumatic injuries, according to a release from the coroner and sheriff’s department. There are still other pending laboratory results, but the cause of death was evident, according to the release.