Murder USA: Fairfax Officer Jason Colley charged with the death of his infant daughter in Maryland; fired immediately by Chief; plea deal in 2022 left him free to abuse again, new charges in 2023
FORMER FAIRFAX COP WHO KILLED HIS INFANT IN 2018 ARRESTED ON CHILD ABUSE AND ASSAULT CHARGES
FREDERICK, MD – Maryland State Police report that they arrested a former Fairfax County Police officer on June 14, 2023, on child abuse and related charges in Frederick County.
Jason Michael Colley, 43, of Frederick, Maryland, is charged with second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault. He was transported to the Frederick County Detention Center, where he is being held without bond.
According to a preliminary investigation, investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division Western Region on Tuesday were contacted by the Frederick County Department of Social Service-Child Protective Services and advised of a physical child abuse investigation of a juvenile. The Maryland State Police and the Frederick County Child Protective Services conducted a joint investigation, where it was determined that criminal charges should be filed against Colley.
Colley was later arrested without incident at his residence. Investigators do not believe any other juveniles were injured or are in danger at this time.
THE FREDERICK NEWS-POST reported:
Colley’s attorney, Andrew Jezic, said Friday that the prosecution and the defense came to a compromise on the charges since both parties had a lot to lose.
For Colley and his wife, they didn’t want to risk Colley going to prison and being separated from his 2 1/2-year-old daughter for an extended period.
“Every parent should make almost any sacrifice for the well-being of his or her children,” Jezic said.
“He still pled guilty to felony assaultive behavior on a child. You can call it whatever you want but the guidelines were the same.”
However, Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith disagreed.
“We did not see this as a compromise,” he wrote in a text message. “He still pled guilty to felony assaultive behavior on a child. You can call it whatever you want but the guidelines were the same.”
Colley was a 10-year veteran of the Fairfax County Police Department, but was stripped of his law enforcement duties after he became a suspect in his daughter’s death.
Frederick County Circuit Court Judge Julia A. Martz-Fisher sentenced Colley to 50 years in prison, suspending 42 years, leaving eight years for him to serve on home detention. MORE
FREDERICK, MD. – Frederick County States Attorney J. Charles Smith III announced that on August 24, 2018, that Fairfax Police Officer Jason Colley was indicted for the death of his six-month-old infant daughter.
Smith said that Colley was being held on $100,000 bond in the child abuse and death of his child, Harper Colley, the initial injuries which took place on Sept. 19, 2017.
Jason Michael Colley, 38, of 12026 Fingerboard Road, Monrovia, Maryland, turned himself in on Aug. 28, 2018, at the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center after an indictment was signed the day before by a Maryland judge.
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 baby died from the injuries sustained in the alleged abuse by her father on October 31, 2017, and the criminal investigation led Maryland State Police investigators to suspect Colley.
On April 20, 2018, the Maryland State Police notified Fairfax Police that Colley was the suspect. Before returning to work for his next shift on April 23, 2018, he was relieved of duty and all of his law enforcement authority and placed on paid administrative leave. Colley has been an officer for 10 years and most recently worked out of the Reston District Station.
On Aug. 28, 2018, Fairfax Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. stated, “The charges Colley faces are abhorrent. This afternoon I served Colley notice of separation from employment in accordance with Fairfax County Personnel Regulations and the Code of Virginia.”
Per Virginia Code 19.2-11.2, Fairfax Police are prohibited from providing information about juvenile victims. This law went into effect on July 1st of last year. It prohibits Virginia law enforcement agencies from directly or indirectly identifying deceased juvenile victims of a crime.
Court records show that Andrew Vladimir Jezic is the attorney for Colley.