Babysitter arrested after toddler found buried in shallow grave

Suspect Christopher Grimmett and the home at 1835 Sue Ave.,Warsaw, 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)

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

Police were called just before 10:30 p.m. Thursday to a home 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 Thursday, but 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 at 1835 Sue Ave. on Warsaw’s west side, where Hill said he’d been earlier in the afternoon with Adalin. There, in the back yard of the home, sheriff’s deputies found a shallow grave where Adalin’s body was uncovered, Hill said.

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 told NewsChannel 15 that Grimmett, in an interview with investigators, admitting the killing the girl and led them to her body. Inside the home, investigators found evidence that corroborated that, Hill said. He did not indicate what that evidence was.

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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