Fairfax County police officer charged in death of 6-month-old daughter fired, released on bond
WDCW / Fairfax County

By Tyler Layne, WDCW

FAIRFAX County, -- (WDCW) -- A Fairfax County police officer who was charged with child abuse on Tuesday, resulting in the death of his 6-month-old daughter, was released on $100,000 bond Tuesday night. Maryland State Police identified 38-year-old Jason Colley, a police officer of over 10 years, as the suspect.

Court documents obtained by DCW50 show the alleged abuse happened on September 19, 2017. The baby died on Halloween last year and a criminal investigation was launched, according to police.

Fairfax County Police learned that Colley was the suspect in the baby’s death on April 20. Before returning to work for his next shift, police say Colley was relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave. Police say Colley turned himself in to the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center and was indicted by a Maryland judge on Monday.

Colley is charged with 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.

“The charges Colley faces are abhorrent,” said Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. “This afternoon I served Colley notice of separation from employment in accordance with Fairfax County Personnel Regulations and the Code of Virginia.”

Colley’s attorney, Andrew Jezic, says his client is innocent. He says Colley’s wife of 12 years was out of town, but Harper had been sick for weeks. He says she suddenly became unresponsive and Colley called 911.