Harper Annette Fowler
January 22, 2013 - October 5, 2014
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On January 22, 2013, two beautiful, little Angels were brought into this world, Harper and Annabelle Fowler, twin sisters. No one could have imagined the tragedy that would take place less than a year later.

On October 5, 2014, Christopher Storbakken called 911 and first responders found Harper unresponsive, she was taken to Riley Hospital For Children where she was pronounced dead that same day. Christopher, the 27 year old father of the twin girls, was arrested and charged with the murder of Harper. As often happens, Christopher gave his version of what happened to his daughter and Police knew it was not the truth.

Christopher said that he had been playing video games on his phone and the girls were sleeping. When they woke up, Christopher says he went to get them from their bed and he dropped Harper. Christopher was watching the two girls in the home they shared with their mother, Megan Fowler, on weekends while their mother was working on a nursing degree, he didn't live with the children.

Not surprisingly, Harper's injuries were inconsistent with what would be a fall from a bed. Harper sustained bruising on her hear, jaw, neck, leg, arm, hand and on top of he head. An autopsy showed that Harper had internal injuries consisting of hemorrhages to her brain and retinas caused by blunt force trauma and Prosecutors say that Christopher was the one to cause those injuries. Luckily, Harper's sister was not injured.

Christopher told Police that while he is an alcoholic, he had not been drinking that day. Christopher was charged with murder and battery and neglect of a dependent, both felony charges and he was held without bond.

A neighbor said:

"Twin girls, just starting to chatter, just starting to walk a little. That's what makes it
so sad. And I happened to look over there and I just watched a little bit and I'll be
doggone if they didn't carry out the little baby on a little bitty stretcher. Two guys
put it into the ambulance and I thought, Lord, this is so sad. Something happened
bad. Every baby that dies or is hurt, it's tragic, just tragic"
David Dean

Christopher Storbakken plead not guilty to the charges. Deputy Prosecutor Kristina Korobov said that what Christopher had claimed happened to Harper, was not consistent with what had been seen at autopsy:

"This child had multiple forms of injuries to her head and the rest of her body. Those injuries
were consistent with the infliction of blunt force trauma. This was not an accident. This was
not accidental in nature and it certainly didn't happen from a short fall"

Prevent Child Abuse 4 Indiana admitted that while taking care of children is a challenge, there is help for parents who are feeling overwhelmed:

"Parents can call 211 Connect To Help or 1-800-children. If someone is close to their
faith community they can reach out to family or friends. It doesn't have to be a formal
network. It can be an informal support system as well"
Sandy Runkle-Delorme - Director

Christopher is scheduled to be in court in January of 2015.



Harper Annette Fowler, 20 months, Indianapolis, passed October 5, 2014.

Born Jan. 22, 2013 in Indianapolis, she was full of life and loved to smile and laugh. Her favorite words were "doggie" and "meow".

Survivors mommy, Megan Fowler; her twin sister, Anabelle; grandparents, Richard & Joy Fowler; aunts and uncles, Danielle (Luke) Tansy, Justin (Natalie) Fowler, Keith (Olivia) Fowler, Cassandra (Mark) Lewis, Adrianne Fowler; several cousins and a host of extended family members.

Visitation: Friday, 3-8 p.m. at G. H. Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home , with the funeral service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at Little Flower Catholic Church, 4720 E. 13th St, Indianapolis. She will be laid to rest at Calvary Cemetery.

Mass Of Christian Burial:

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. at Little Flower Catholic Church

Memorial contributions: http://www.gofundme.com/fj8oxo

Thank you goes out to Debby for sending me this story and enabling me to memorialize Harper on this page.

UPDATE: January 28, 2015

I have been informed that the trial has been postponed until April of 2015.

UPDATE: June 29, 2016- Thank you Amy for this update.

In November of 2015, Christopher Storbakken was in court. A jury deliberated for almost 12 hours over two days and for whatever reason, they found him not guilty of all of the charges against him. I am shocked to say that least that I can about this. I believe in my heart that with all of the injuries found on this child, she was NOT dropped from her crib.

This page was created on December 16, 2014
Death occurred in the state of Indiana

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