The father of a 7-month-old Commerce City boy missing and presumed dead said he offered to take the child when the baby's mother expressed dissatisfaction with her baby
Torrey Brown Sr., the father of the child, said he visited Page's home on Wednesday, the day before the baby was last seen.
"Pretty much, it was just a regular get together," Torrey Brown said. "We sat around with the kids. I brought my daughters over there. I got to spend some time with Torrey, he was perfectly fine, smiling and everything."
Torrey Brown said he spent about two hours Wednesday at Page's home, while his daughters, ages 6 and 2, played with Page's two older children, ages 5 and 3.
Page and Brown met a couple of years ago, he said, when she was a neighbor of his uncle. They had an affair, and Page had his child.
Brown said Page made it difficult for him to be involved in the boy's life.
"She was like, very disturbed at me," Brown said. "She blamed everything on me, pretty much. Always calling me and saying I ruined her life, saying she wished she never had a baby by me. She said a bunch of things."
Brown said he offered to take the child but was denied.
Corinthiah Brown, Torrey Brown's mother and Torrey Brown Jr.'s grandmother, said she called police in November when Page was living in Aurora, after she had troubling conversations with Page.
Page "said: 'I can't do this, it's hard for me. You're going to find him in a casket,'
" Corinthiah Brown recalled.
Her story is similar to that of Page's cousin, LaShannon Younger of Peoria, Ill. Younger told The Denver Post last week that she called police Thursday and asked them to check on the child after having disturbing telephone conversations with Page.
After Brown called police in November, Aurora officers went to Page's apartment in the 1700 block of Paris Street and found her three children, including Torrey, unharmed.
Page was taken into custody and Corinthiah Brown took the children to her home. Page was released in a couple of hours and went to Brown's home and took the children back, Corinthiah Brown said.
Aurora police spokeswoman Sgt. Cassidee Carlson confirmed that police responded to Page's apartment on Nov. 30.
"We did a welfare check on the kids, and they were OK," Carlson said.
Page was taken into custody, Carlson said, but she was not arrested.
Corinthiah Brown said she also offered to take custody of her grandson, and even lobbied Adams County Human Services, but was told that Page was the legal guardian.
" 'She has more rights, she is the mother,' " Brown recalled of her conversation with a child welfare agent. "That is what I was told."