Mom's boyfriend indicted on murder, sex assault charges in Alexandria toddler's death
ALEXANDRIA — A toddler who died while in the care of his mother’s boyfriend in November was drugged, sexually abused and murdered, according to indictments handed up by a Grafton County grand jury.
Tommy Page has been indicted on three alternate counts in the death of 11-month-old Shawn Sylvester Jr., who died Nov. 15 of blunt head trauma suffered two days before, according to authorities.
One indictment alleges first-degree murder and sexual assault. A second alleges second-degree murder, and a third alleges manslaughter in the boy’s death.
According to the indictments, Page allegedly applied a crushing force to Sylvester’s head, sexually assaulted the toddler, gave the boy Suboxone and failed to seek medical attention for him.
Soon after Shawn Sylvester’s death, Page was arrested on numerous child pornography charges. He remains at Grafton County House of Corrections.
The affidavits in the case were sealed, but at his arraignment, police said they found visual representations on Page’s cellphone of an infant male child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Two of the charges noted that the baby was “apparently unconscious” at the time the image was made.
Family members said the injuries to Sylvester, known as “S.J.,” happened at the Fowler River Road home of the boy’s mother, Dee Sylvester, and her boyfriend, Page.
In late November, Dee Sylvester told the Union Leader that she couldn’t discuss the case, but said she expected someone — she would not say who — would be charged.
“I cannot speak about this or defend myself until charges are brought upon him and only him,” Sylvester said, refusing to clarify who she meant by “him.”
On the night of Jan. 1, the Fowler River Road home burned down; investigators have not said if that fire was set or if any evidence was lost.
Page is scheduled to be arraigned on May 9 at 8:30 a.m.
Reached Thursday, members of Shawn Sylvester Jr.’s family said they were “devastated,” though another said she was “relieved part of this is over.”