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Nov 21, 2015 4:23 PM

UPDATE: Alexandria man who lived in house where 11-month-old fatally injured had prior conviction, on probation


CONCORD — The man living in the home where an 11-month-old boy sustained injuries that led to his death in Alexandria had served time in prison and was on probation, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court, which just issued a warrant for Page's arrest.

Tommy Page, 29, has not been charged in connection with the boy's death, but he was charged with possession of child pornography earlier this week.

The new charges come as Page was approaching the end of a federal sentence for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. In that case, he was sentenced to 37 months in prison in following by three years of supervised release, a sentence he began serving on Dec. 31, 2010.

But Page was already in trouble with federal officials before the new charges surfaced.

As part of his sentence, the judge had ordered Page to participate in a substance abuse treatment program after he was released from prison and be subject to random drug testing.

In April of this year, Page tested positive for marijuana and suboxone and told probation officials he had returned to using heroin and was experiencing difficulties quitting. He also reported that he was buying suboxone illegally.

Five days later, Page again tested positive for drug use. He was encouraged to accept a referral for inpatient treatment. Page declined, saying he could quit on his own and that taking time for inpatient treatment could cost him his job.

In May, Probation Officer Timothy Merna petitioned the court and got approval to modify the terms of Page's probation by allowing Page to remain on home detention for three months, enforced by location monitoring equipment.

The officer reported that Page's recent drugs tests had been clean and that electronic monitoring "allows our office to monitor Page's access to the community and likely limits his exposure to risky or tempting situations," U.S. Probation Officer Timothy Merna wrote.

Page was notified that further drug use or other violations could result in the probation office taking other actions.

On Nov. 20, a federal warrant for Page's arrest was issued by the court.

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