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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 1:00 am

50-year plea in death of toddler

Mental illness claimed by man

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A Warsaw man who admitted Monday to beating his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter to death last year will be sentenced to 50 years if a judge accepts a plea deal next month.

Christopher A. Grimmett, 30, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder. 

A plea agreement approved by Grimmett, his attorney, Jay Rigdon, and Kosciusko County Prosecutor Dan Hamption calls for Grimmett to receive a 50-year term when he is sentenced Oct. 5. Circuit Court Judge Michael Reed will decide whether to accept the plea deal.

Kosciusko sheriff's deputies were called the evening of Nov. 10 to a Warsaw home on a report of a custody complaint. At the home, Grimmett told police he had been baby-sitting his girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter, Adalin P. Stamper, and that the child's maternal grandmother had picked her up.

Officers found the story to be false 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.

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

jchapman@jg.net