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Jul 10, 2017 3:41 PM

NH Judge: Graphic child porn images admissible in toddler murder trial

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NORTH HAVERHILL — A judge has ruled that the 23 photos of a child's naked and battered body found on a defendant's cellphone can be used as evidence in his murder trial, according to the New Hampshire Union Leader.

Tommy Page is accused of sexually assaulting and killing 11-month-old Shawn Sylvester and is set to go on trial Sept. 11.

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The Union Leader reported that Page allegedly tried to delete the graphic images, but investigators say they were able to uncover and investigate all of the photographs.

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Page is facing alternate counts of first- and second-degree murder as well as manslaughter in Grafton County Superior Court.

Page was arrested back in 2015 for possessing 23 images of child sexual abuse. The photos found on his cellphone contained graphic encounters between an adult and a child. Police later found reason to believe Page had a connection to the death of 11-month-old Shawn Sylvester on Nov. 15, 2015.

The child belonged to the defendant's former girlfriend, Danielle Sylvester, who's home burned down less than a month after police found evidence that Page had committed sexual acts at the residence.

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The judge rejected the defense's opposition to the photos being shown during trial because the warrant included all text messages, voicemails, and even photographs, dating as far back as possible, whether saved or deleted, the Union Leader reported.

A jury is scheduled to be selected Aug. 29.

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