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Virginia police officer charged in the death of a 6-month-old daughter

Jason Colley, a Fairfax County police officer, charged with child abuse resulting in the death of his 6-month-old daughter in 2017. Prosecutors in Frederick County, Maryland, obtained an indictment against the 38-year-old Colley, of Monrovia, Md., who turned on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018.

(AP)

A Virginia police officer located in Maryland police on Tuesday and was charged with multiple counts of child abuse in the death of his 6-month-old daughter.

Jason Colley, 38, of the Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia, faces charges of first-degree child abuse, first degree child abuse resulting in death and child abuse in the first degree, resulting in serious bodily injury. Colley was also charged with the first degree of the attack, according to an online overview of the Frederick County State Attorney Office.

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Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin Roessler called the charges against Colley “horrible,” and he told The Washington Post that he “served Colley notice of separation of employment in accordance with Fairfax County Personnel Regulations and the Code of Virginia.”

Colley, of Monrovia, Maryland, turned into Frederick County authorities this week after a court in his home state signed an indictment in the death of his daughter, Harper, the newspaper.

The indictment comes after Maryland State Police led an investigation into injuries Harper sustained in September that ultimately led to her death from “abusive head trauma” on Oct. 31.

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In April, Maryland State Police said officials with the Fairfax County Police that Colley was a suspect in the death of his daughter. He was placed on administrative leave shortly after.

Harper was Colley and his wife and only child. Andrew Jezic, Colley’s lawyer told The Washington Post that his client plans to plead not guilty, and he and the other lawyers will “vociferously assert his innocence.”

“He is a police officer in good condition. He had no discipline problems at work. He is someone who seems to be widely supported by his colleagues on the force, and he has no record,” Jezic added.

Frederick County State’s Attorney Office said Colley was held on a $100,000 bond, although The Washington Post reported Colley posted and got the bond on Tuesday evening.

Trail dates have not yet been completed, the attorney’s office said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.

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