Mother of deceased 3-month-old: ‘When he stole her life, he stole my heart’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2014)-- The mother of a 3-month-old girl who was allegedly killed by the father spoke to FOX59 following the man's arrest.

Christopher Schafer, 23, was arrested on charges of murder, neglect resulting in the death of a child and battery to a child resulting in death.

Officers responded to the Cottages of Fall Creek Apartment Complex just after 1 a.m. Wednesday on a call of an unresponsive baby. The 3-month-old girl was transported to Community North Hospital in critical condition and was pronounced dead a short time later.

The mother of 3-month-old Giuliana "Gigi" Schafer, 20-year-old Skye Johnson, spoke to FOX59 following the arrest of her fiance and Gigi's father.

"I trusted him to take care of her, and at the least, keep her alive and he failed to do that," said Johnson.

Johnson said she was at work when Schafer was at home watching little Gigi.  She said she received a panicked call from Schafer saying,"The baby is unresponsive. I don't know what to do."

Johnson rushed home to find Schafer giving their 9-week-old CPR on the kitchen table.

"I could just tell by the way she looked that she was dead already," said Johnson.

Schafer's story to investigators and his fiance was that her death was an accident.  According to a police report, Schafer told police that he  fell asleep with Gigi on his chest, and when he woke up, he found her unresponsive, trapped between him and the couch.

"They said she had broken bones and bruises all over her and that just doesn't line up with what he said," said Johnson.

Police said an autopsy showed that the infant  died from blunt force trauma to her head and leg.  The findings of the autopsy were inconsistent with Schafer's story according to police.

"I honestly hope he can be in jail for as long as possible and he will get what is coming to him," said Johnson.

Johnson set up a fund for Gigi's funeral arrangements.