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Fairfax County police officer charged in 6-month-old daughter's death out on $100K bond

Jason Colley. (Maryland State Police)

A Fairfax County police officer charged in the death of his 6-month-old daughter was released Tuesday after his $100,000 bond was paid, court records show.

Jason Colley, of Monrovia, Maryland, turned himself in Tuesday morning at the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center, a day after an indictment was obtained by prosecutors. He faces charges of child abuse in the first degree resulting in death, child abuse in the first degree resulting in severe physical injury and felony assault in the first degree.

According to police, 6-month-old Harper Colley died on October 31, 2017 after sustaining the injuries that led to her death on September 19.

Maryland State Police notified Fairfax County Police on April 20 that Jason Colley was the suspect following a criminal investigation. He was then relieved of duty and all of his law enforcement authority and placed on paid administrative leave.

Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler said Tuesday the charges against Jason Colley are “abhorrent” and that he has taken steps to have him fired “in accordance with Fairfax County Personnel Regulations and the Code of Virginia.”

Trial dates have not yet been set.

On Wednesday, ABC7 News first uncovered court records that show Colley was arrested in Loudoun County for assault and battery in 2010 for pushing someone at an Irish bar on Saint Patrick's Day.

Colley, who went by a different name at the time, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

Roessler, who was deputy chief in 2010, said Colley was disciplined for the incident.



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