Finally, the Micciolo family has some answers.
On this week’s episode of Suffer the Little Children Podcast, I told the story of six-year-old Corey Micciolo, who died on April 2, 2021 during weekend visitation with his father, New Jersey real estate broker Christopher Gregor.
Since Corey’s death, his mother, Breanna Micciolo, was told next to nothing about the investigation, including her son’s cause of death, although the Ocean County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy shortly after Corey died. She created a Facebook page called Justice for Corey, where she shared photos of Corey with her supporters and told a story filled with allegations of long-term abuse by Christopher.
On Wednesday, July 7, I released Episode 69: Corey Micciolo, in which I spoke with Breanna about her precious son, the circumstances surrounding his death, and her frustration over being kept in the dark about the investigation for over three months.
On Thursday, Breanna finally received one of the answers she needed when authorities finally disclosed to her Corey’s cause of death. The sweet six-year-old boy with the big brown eyes who never hurt a soul died from a heart contusion. This type of injury, which amounts to bruising of the heart muscle, is typically incurred in a vehicular accident or a fall from a height of at least two stories. Such chest trauma can lead to fatal conditions like cardiac arrhythmia, ventricular fibrillation, and sudden cardiac arrest. Whatever force was applied to Corey’s chest was essentially equal to that of a car accident.
Also on Thursday, authorities issued a warrant for the arrest of 29-year-old Christopher John Gregor on a single charge under New Jersey law 2C:24-4A: Endangering welfare of children by a person having the legal duty of caring for the child. In this case, the child endangerment charge is a second-degree crime.
On Friday morning, Christopher turned himself in and was booked into the Ocean County Jail, where his self-satisfied smirk was magically transformed into a pathetic pout, as seen in his brand spanking new booking photo below:
According to the jail website, Christopher, who has short brown hair, fair skin, and blue eyes, is six feet tall and weighs 220 pounds. More importantly, he’s being held without bail, which I’m guessing is because he’s already proven himself a flight risk. While Corey fought for his life in the Southern Ocean Medical Center on the afternoon of April 2, his so-called father left the hospital and, in fact, the entire state. Police finally caught up with him in Tennessee for questioning, at which point he requested a lawyer.
Now that Christopher is behind bars with no bond, let’s all cross our fingers for enhanced charges as soon as possible. In the meantime, may he experience even a fraction of the pain, dread, and fear his son felt every time Corey had to attend court-ordered visitation with his biological father.
Click here for my ongoing coverage of Corey’s story.
Sources: Justice for Corey Facebook page, Breanna Micciolo, US National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health; Ocean County Government website