Updated: Tennessee police officer charged with murdering infant son

Christopher Warren Page
Christopher Warren Page

A Henry County man has confessed to causing the injuries that killed his 3-month-old son, according to warrants made public in Henry County General Sessions Court Friday morning.

Christopher Warren Page, 28, of 286 Howard Road north of Puryear, has also been fired from his job as a patrolman with the Paris Police Department.

Page was arrested Thursday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

According to warrants signed by TBI special agents Brandt Holt, Joe Walker and Valerie Troutt, Page "gave a voluntary confession" concerning the charges.

He appeared in court this morning in Henry County, with Carroll County General Sessions Judge Larry Logan serving as judge pro tempore in his case.

Logan set a $500,000 bond for Page.

photo Christopher Warren Page

Page's son, Gunner, was 3 months old when he died earlier this month. The incident began the morning of Sept. 2, when 911 dispatchers received a call from the home.

"The initial call was that he (the child) had stopped breathing," Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew said earlier this month.

Gunner Page was taken to Henry County Medical Center, then airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. That's where he died five days later, on Sept. 7.

Matt Stowe, the district attorney general for the 24th Judicial District, which includes Henry County, asked the TBI to investigate. Local law enforcement agencies removed themselves from the case because of Chris Page's employment as a patrolman with the PPD.

Henry County Sheriff's Department officers escorted Chris Page to Jackson Thursday where the TBI made the arrest. They then moved him to the Carroll County Jail.

The warrants in the case do not go into detail about the injuries suffered by Gunner Page.

Paris Police Chief Chuck Elizondo said Friday morning that Chris Page had been fired from his job on the police force.

He had been employed since June 1 and had been scheduled to go to a law enforcement training academy in January.

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