Fairfax County officer charged with death of his infant daughter

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A ten-year veteran of the Fairfax County police department is in jail — accused of the death of his six-month old daughter.

Jason Colley, 38, turned himself in to law enforcement officials in Fredrick County, Maryland Tuesday after being indicted by a grand jury there. Colley lives in Frederick County. The indictment followed an investigation that began last September after Colley’s daughter Harper was seriously injured. Harper died October 31.

Police have not released details of those injuries but Colley has been charged with First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Death, First Degree Child Abuse Resulting in Serious Injury and First Degree Assault.

According to a Fairfax County police news release, on April 20, 2018 Maryland State Police notified them that Colley was the suspect in Harper’s death. Before returning to work for his next Reston police district shift on April 23, 2018 he was relieved of duty and all of his law enforcement authority, and was placed on paid administrative leave.

Tuesday, Colley was fired by Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr., who called the charges faced by Colley “abhorrent.”

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