Failed to Death: Torrey Elijah Brown, Jr.

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Torrey Brown Jr.
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  • Age: 6 mos.
    Born: Aug 16, 2011
    Died: March 1, 2012
    Location: Commerce City
    Suspect in death: Sharriecka Page, mother

    The little boy's mother, 23-year-old Sharrieckia Page, had been saying "scary" things, recalled grandmother Corinthiah Brown and father Torrey Brown Sr.

    She called Torrey Jr. a crybaby and said she was going to strangle him, they said.

    Until one day last March when the baby was gone. At first, Page told Torrey Sr. she had sent him to live with relatives.

    After a painstaking, 52-day search through trash 20 feet deep, authorities found Torrey's remains in June in a Commerce City landfill.

    Page had thrown the baby away, police said. She is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.

    The relationship between Page and Torrey Sr. had fallen apart, and he was rarely allowed to see the baby in the months before his death, Torrey Sr. said.

    "I know they didn't do enough," Torrey Sr. said of child-welfare workers. "If there were reports about somebody trying to strangle her kid, they should do something."

    Corinthiah Brown called child-welfare authorities a few months before the baby died, she said. She told them the baby's mother was overwhelmed and that she feared she would hurt him or his older siblings. She was allowed to keep the children overnight. Then, Corinthiah said, a caseworker "came here and told me I was overreacting."

    Corinthiah wishes caseworkers had taken her more seriously. And she wishes that, even when they didn't, she hadn't backed down.

    "I tried to stay out of the way," she said, tears streaking her cheeks as she sat in her Aurora living room. "I never thought it would turn out like this. This is what I get."

    A state child-welfare review of the infant's death is ongoing.

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