Father Charged With Murder Of 6-Year-Old Son

Christopher Gregor has been charged in the murder of his son, Corey Micciolo (Photos courtesy Micciolo family and Ocean County Jail)

BARNEGAT – A Monroe Township man has been charged with Murder in connection to his son’s death that has been under investigation for nearly a year, officials said.

  Christopher Gregor, 29, is being charged due to abuse that police said took place on March 20, 2021.

  His six-year-old son Corey Micciolo died suddenly on April 2, 2021, at the Southern Ocean County Medical Center from sustained injuries due to blunt force trauma, the medical examiner determined.

  The investigation around the boy’s death alleged Gregor as the prime suspect after police viewed a suspicious video of Gregor with his son.

  According to police, Gregor was placing the boy on a treadmill in the gym of the complex where he was living in Barnegat. The video shows the suspect speeding up the treadmill, causing the boy to fall. He then puts Corey back on a few times as the boy kept falling off. Court papers also refer to Gregor biting Corey on the head during the incident.

  The boy’s mother, Breanna Micciolo who shared custody with Gregor, expressed how they are finally receiving justice for Corey.

  “I’m overjoyed and sad at the same time about Chris’ arrest,” Micciolo said. “After a year of waiting, and fighting for justice, we’re finally starting to get it. I really never thought this day would come.”

Supporters calling for upgraded charges in the death of 6-year-old Corey Micciolo stand outside the Ocean County Courthouse asking for his continued detainment in county jail on endangerment charges. Corey’s mother Breanna is holding the blue sign. (Photo by Stephanie Faughnan)

  On March 3, 2022 the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office received a report from the State’s expert witness which stated that Corey died as a result of blunt force impact of the chest and abdomen, and determined the manner of the child’s death to be homicide. 

  On March 9, Gregor was taken into custody and is currently lodged in the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing. 

  “I’m thankful for the collective effort of all of the law enforcement officers that participated in this very thorough and comprehensive investigation over the past 11 months. Today is the first step in bringing the person we believe is responsible for this young boy’s death to justice,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer stated. “This truly was a team effort, and I’m grateful for the determination and resolve exhibited by all the agencies involved.”

  Billhimer and Chief Germain commend the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victim’s Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crime Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Economic Crimes Unit, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Victim Witness Advocacy Unit, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office, Ocean County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, Barnegat Township Police Department, Stafford Township Police Department, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, Englishtown Police Department, Manalapan Township Police Department, Monroe Township Police Department, Sea Bright Police Department, New Jersey State Police, and Alcoa (Tennessee) Police Department, for their collective and cooperative assistance in connection with this investigation leading to Gregor’s apprehension.

Charges are merely accusations until proven in a court of law. 

-Stephanie Faughnan contributed to this story