From Addicting Info.
Little Gunner Page was just two months and 23 days old when his father, Paris, Tennessee police officer, Christopher Warren Page, inflicted the critical injuries that resulted in the baby’s death. After five days of round-the-clock care at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, Gunner Page died on September 7, 2015.
Christopher Warren Page was arrested by special agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations on September 24. He is currently being held without bond on charges of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Child Abuse.
As is typical when a police officer is involved in a crime, little information has been released to the public about this case. In comparison, it’s standard procedure for prosecutors and police to try child abuse and child homicide cases in the court of public opinion when the perpetrator is not a law enforcement officer.
When compared to the general population, incidences of child abuse and domestic violence are much higher among family’s of police officers. Research shows that domestic abuse occurs in at least 40 percent of all police families, compared to ten percent of families in the general population. Many experts attribute this to the “police personality,” which is characteristically controlling and authoritarian in nature.
In March two South Carolina police officers, who share a child in common, were also arrested on charges of child abuse and neglect. York police officer Jeff Taylor is accused of “inflicting great bodily harm” on the couple’s three-month-old baby. The child’s mother, Audrey Schurig, an officer with the Chester Police Department is charged with neglect. WSOC reports that the couple took their infant son to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill on Feb. 14 with severe brain and neck injuries. He was then flown to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.
In March prosecutors said that the couple’s baby, Jaxon Jennings Taylor, is in a vegetative state and is not likely to ever recover from his injuries. Circuit Court solicitor Kevin Brackett described the infant’s injuries as “horrific,” saying that the the abuse was so severe that it left the baby unable to move or eat without a feeding tube.
As horrific as these stories are, the majority of child abuse incidents in police families are never reported or investigated. AsAddicting Info reported in June, children of police officers often believe there is no-one they can turn to for help. Many suffer through years of abuse in silence.
Although we’ve known for decades that the rate of family abuse is intolerably high among law enforcement officers, little has been done to address the problem. We can hope that the horrific abuse of Jaxon Taylor, followed by the heartbreaking death of little Gunner Page will spark a national outcry against officer-involved family violence.
Here’s more on the story from WATN.