A Tennessee police officer has confessed to causing the injuries that killed his 2-month-old son.
Christopher Warren Page, a 28-year-old patrolman for the Paris Police Department, has recently been fired from his job following his arrest, the Paris Post-Intelligencer reports.
He had been employed with the department since June 1 and was scheduled to begin police academy training in January of next year.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) special agents Brandt Hold, Joe Walker, and Valerie Troutt signed warrants stating that Page "gave a voluntary confession" stating that he caused his son's death.
TBI special agents arrested Page on Sept. 24 after an extensive investigation, the New York Daily News reports. The agency has charged Page with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse in the death of his son, who was almost 3 months old.
On Sept. 2, Page's infant son, Gunner Page, suffered life-threatening injuries and died five days later on Sept. 7, officials at TBI said, adding that investigators “developed information leading to Page as the individual responsible for his son’s death."
Police say that somebody in Page's home, which he shares with his partner, Hope Carson, called 911 on the morning of Sept. 2 to report that Gunner had stopped breathing, notes the Daily Mail.
Emergency services rushed the infant to nearby Henry County Medical Center, where he was later airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he died.
Before Gunner died in the hospital, 24th District Attorney General Matthew Stowe ordered the TBI to investigate what had happened to the baby. Local law enforcement agencies voluntarily removed themselves from the the investigation due to a possible conflict of interest, since Page was employed with the Paris Police Department at the time.
Weeks later, TBI agents determined that Page was responsible for the baby's life-threatening injuries, the details of which have not yet been disclosed.
Page is being held at the Carroll County Jail.
Page and Carson also have an older daughter together, according to his late son's obituary.