WARSAW — A 29-year-old man has been arrested for murder after police found the body of a 2-year-old girl buried in a shallow grave at his brother's house late Thursday.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department believes the girl's death stems from a child custody dispute, according to a press release about the incident.
Police responded to an initial call of a custody complaint in Warsaw around 10:25 p.m. Officers met with Christopher Grimmett, 29, who told them he was babysitting his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter Adalin Stamper earlier in the day until the child's grandmother had picked her up.
However, police questioned Grimmett's story and began backtracking his whereabouts during the day on Thursday, the sheriff's department said. That led to his brother's residence in the 1800 block of Sue Lane in Warsaw, where he had taken Stamper.
Grimmett's brother and sister-in-law gave police consent to search their property. Investigators found a shallow grave in the backyard and located the child's body, according to police.
The Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office and the Kosciusko County Major Crimes Task Force scene technicians then got involved in the case.
During a police interview, Grimmett "provided a statement to (detectives) that led to his arrest," according to a press release. He was taken to the Kosciusko County Jail and booked on a preliminary charge of murder.
Kosciusko County Coroner Tony Ciriello conducted an autopsy on Stamper's body Friday afternoon and ruled her cause of death multiple blunt force trauma.