Sheriff’s Office charges mother in child abuse investigation

Brittany Blackwelder – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that after further investigation into a felony child abuse case that occurred in July and took place at 1139 Olin Loop in Olin NC, additional charges have been filed. Additional evidence was obtained that lead to charges being filed against Brittany Jean Blackwelder, the mother of the seven year old victim.

She was arrested and charged on September 12, 2017 with Felony Child Abuse – Sexual Act. Brittany Blackwelder was given a 100,000.00 secure bond.

Pending charges include: School Attendance Law Violation (three counts) and Driving while License Revoked (Wilkes County)

Prior Convictions: Driving while License Revoked, Littering, and No Operators License

Brentley Byers – Picture courtesy of the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office


Sheriff Darren Campbell stated on Saturday July 22nd Deputies responded to a call on Olin Loop road, Olin to a report of a possible sexual assault. Once on scene Deputies found the victim was a 7-year-old female who had obvious injuries consistent with a sexual assault. Detectives responded to assist at 1139 Olin Loop Road Olin.

Detectives conducted an interview with the mother of the victim and learned that she has four children, two with the suspect, Brentley Jason Byers. The mother stated that she had left the home on Friday, July 21st around 7 am to go to work and didn’t return until Saturday July 22nd around 1 pm.

When she arrived home she found the victim sitting in chair in the living room with blood on her and the suspect was on the couch asleep. The victim told her mother that Brentley Jason Byers the person she refers to as her father did this to her. The victim told her mother that she had been sexually assaulted

It was determined that that Byers was left with all four children but another family member had come by late on Friday around 5 or 6 pm and picked up two of the kids from the home. Indications were that the crime occurred during the night when only two small children and the suspect were in the home.

The scene was secured and a search warrant was obtained to search the residence. Evidence found during the search supported and was consistent with a sexual assault. All evidence located was collected by Crime Scene Investigators who spent hours searching the home. Evidence included clothing that was found in the washing machine which is suspected to have been an attempt dispose of evidence.

The seven-year-old victim was transported by Iredell County EMS to Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. The victim has suffered extensive injuries from the assault. It is believed the victim will need surgery due to the injuries and is currently still in the care of medical personnel.

Brentley Jason Byers was arrested and charged with Statutory Rape of Child by Adult. He was taken before Magistrate P. Tutterrow who set a $1,000,000.00 dollar secured bond and a pending court date in Statesville District Court. This investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely.

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