Suspicious fire damages house in Alexandria where toddler 'SJ' was fatally injured
ALEXANDRIA - The house on Fowler River Road where a toddler was fatally injured in what was later ruled a homicide has burned, with fire officials saying the blaze Friday night appears suspicious.
Fire Chief Mark Chevalier said he and a representative of the state fire marshal's office were conducting an investigation on Saturday morning. The fire was reported by a passer-by around 8:30 p.m. on Friday, he said.
Firefighters arrived to find the home completely in flames. They were able to put out the fire by midnight but Chevalier said the house is a total loss. Nobody was inside at the time, and he said it's unclear if the homeowner is aware of the fire. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
An 11-month-old boy, Shawn D. Sylvester Jr., known as 'SJ,' lived in the home with his mother and his mother's boyfriend. He was taken to the hospital on Nov. 13 and died two days later. The N.H. Attorney General ruled his death a homicide, with the cause of death was identified as blunt force trauma to the head.
The boyfriend, Tommy Page, was subsequently arrested on 23 counts of child pornography and remains in Grafton County jail as of Jan. 2.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Jeff Strelzin said in an email Saturday that no charges have been brought yet in the homicide case involving SJ.
NH1 News is awaiting information from investigators with the State Fire Marshal's Office. Check back for more information as it becomes available.