- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

NORTH HAVERHILL, N.H. (AP) - A man has been indicted on charges of first- and second-degree murder in the death of an 11-month-old boy last year in Alexandria, New Hampshire.

Shawn Sylvester died of blunt impact head trauma in November, authorities said.

Grafton County grand jury indictments released Wednesday allege that Tommy Page, 29, who lived at Sylvester’s home, knowingly caused the boy’s death by applying crushing force to his head before, after, or while sexually assaulting the child. The charges also allege he recklessly caused Sylvester’s death by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

Page also faces charges of manslaughter, falsifying evidence and administering a controlled drug to the child.

Six days after Sylvester died, investigators found images on Page’s cellphone of an infant male engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Page was charged with possessing them. He’s been jailed on $500,000 bail in that case.

On the new charges, Page’s lawyer, James Brooks, said Thursday he’s filed a waiver of arraignment and entered not guilty pleas.

A fire damaged Sylvester’s home on New Year’s Day. Fire officials called it suspicious, but have not released more details.

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide