New Jersey Father on Trial for Allegedly Murdering 6-Year-Old Son on Treadmill

Tragic case of a father accused of murdering his 6-year-old son by forcing him to run on a treadmill, highlighting the need for better child protection.

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New Jersey Father on Trial for Allegedly Murdering 6-Year-Old Son on Treadmill

New Jersey Father on Trial for Allegedly Murdering 6-Year-Old Son on Treadmill

Christopher Gregor, a 31-year-old father from New Jersey, is currently on trial for allegedly murdering his 6-year-old son Corey Micciolo in 2021. Prosecutors allege that Gregor forced Corey to run on a treadmill at excessive speeds because he felt the child was "too fat," causing the boy to fall multiple times and suffer fatal injuries.

Surveillance footage from a fitness center showed Gregor speeding up the treadmill, resulting in Corey falling off multiple times. Two weeks after the incident, Corey was taken to the hospital with symptoms of a head injury and later died of blunt force trauma. The medical examiner initially ruled the manner of death as "undetermined," but a consulting forensic pathologist later determined it to be a homicide due to chronic abuse and an acute traumatic injury to the heart.

Corey's mother, Breanna Micciolo, had reported the boy's injuries to child protective services days before his death. Corey had also told a doctor that his father made him run on the treadmill because he was "too fat." Micciolo testified about her concerns over bruises on Corey's body and her attempts to regain custody, but her request was denied. She had reportedly filed over 100 reports of abuse against Gregor, but no action was taken.

Why this matters: This tragic case highlights the importance of taking child abuse allegations seriously and the need for improved child protective services. It also raises questions about the legal system's ability to protect vulnerable children from abusive parents.

Gregor was initially charged with child endangerment for the treadmill incident but was later arrested for Corey's murder in 2022. He has pleaded not guilty and turned down a 30-year plea deal. The defense argues that Corey's death was unrelated to the treadmill incident and was instead caused by sepsis from an infection. Gregor is currently being held without bond and faces life in prison if convicted.

Key Takeaways

  • Father Christopher Gregor accused of murdering 6-yr-old son Corey Micciolo in 2021.
  • Prosecutors allege Gregor forced Corey to run on treadmill at excessive speeds due to weight.
  • Corey's mother Breanna Micciolo reported abuse but custody request was denied.
  • Gregor initially charged with child endangerment, later arrested for murder in 2022.
  • Gregor pleaded not guilty, defense argues Corey's death unrelated to treadmill incident.