UPDATE: Fairfax County police officer charged in death of 6-month-old daughter out on bond

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FAIRFAX CO. - A Fairfax County police officer who was charged with child abuse on Tuesday, resulting in the death of his 6-month-old daughter, is now out on bond.

Maryland State Police identified 38-year-old Jason Colley, a police officer of over 10 years, as the suspect.

Court records show that his $100,000 bond was paid and he was released on Tuesday night.

Court documents obtained by DCW50 show that the alleged abuse happened on September 19th, 2017.

The baby, Harper, died on Halloween of last year and a criminal investigation was launched, according to police.

Fairfax County Police learned that Colley was the suspect in the baby's death on April 20th. Before returning to work for his next shift, police say Colley was relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave.

Police say Colley turned himself in to the Frederick County Law Enforcement Center after he was indicted by a Maryland judge on Monday.

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. He is now in custody.

“The charges Colley faces are abhorrent," said Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. "This afternoon I served Colley notice of separation from employment in accordance with Fairfax County Personnel Regulations and the Code of Virginia.”

Colley's attorney, Andrew Jezic, says his client is innocent.

He says Colley's wife of 12 years was out of town back on September 19th, but Harper had been sick for weeks. He says she suddenly became unresponsive and Colley called 911.

In a statement, he tells DCW50:

"Jason Colley is innocent.  He has an outstanding reputation among officers, neighbors, and friends for being a very calm and caring person.  Jason loved his daughter beyond words.  Harper, their first child, was a dream come true for him and his wife of 12 years.  We intend to vigorously assert Jason’s innocence at trial."

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