Father charged in 1-year-old daughter's Oct. 5 death

Christoper Storbakken

An Indianapolis father has been charged in his 1-year-old daughter's Oct. 5 death.

27-year-old Christopher Storbakken faces felony charges of murder, battery and neglect.

IMPD officers were dispatched to the 3200 block of Fisher Road around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 on a report of an unresponsive infant. When emergency crews arrived at the home, Storbakken reportedly told medics he dropped his daughter on her head while picking her up from the crib, but the autopsy showed Fowler Harper had at least 10 different injuries including bruising on her stomach, leg, arm and hand.

She died after being taken to Riley Hospital for Children in critical condition. The coroner says Harper died from blunt force trauma.

"At the end of the day it's very sad that a 20-month-old has to perish in such a violent manner, whether it was accidental or purposeful," said Clark Rehme, a family spokesperson. "The worst thing any parent can experience is burying their own child."

The girl's mother picked up Storbakken to babysit Harper and her twin sister while she attended nursing classes. During questioning, court documents show the father admitted Harper just kept crying.

Rehme warned that could happen to any parent - but it should not lead to tragedy like this.

"I was one of them," Rehme said. "I had a child that it took months for me to realize she was allergic to dairy, so I had to deal with that. The thing is, take a break; ask for help."

The Marion County Prosecutor has formally charged Storbakken with murder, battery and neglect of a dependent - all felony level charges. He was in jail Friday evening without bond awaiting his first court appearance.