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December 08, 2023

Local woman charged with felony child abuse of daughter, age 7; Tayl. man faces rape charges


Brentley Jason Byers


Brittany Jean Blackwelder

A Taylorsville man is being held under a million dollar bond and faces a charge of statutory rape of a 7-year-old child, and the mother of the child has also been charged in connection with the case (see UPDATE below).

Iredell County Sheriff Darren Campbell stated that on Saturday, July 22, 2017, 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, age 28, of 373 6th Street SW, Taylorsville. The mother stated that she had left the home on Friday, July 21, around 7 a.m. to go to work and didn’t return until Saturday, July 22, around 1 p.m.

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 Byers was initially left with all four children, but another family member had come by late on Friday, around 5 or 6 p.m., and picked up two of the children 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 secured bond and a pending court date in Iredell County District Court. This investigation is ongoing and more charges are likely, according to Sheriff Campbell.

UPDATE: Sheriff Campbell stated on Wednesday, September 13, that after further investigation into a felony child abuse case that occurred in July and took place at 1139 Olin Loop in Olin, additional charges have been filed. Additional evidence was obtained that lead to charges being filed against Brittany Jean Blackwelder, age 26 of Old Landfill Road, Taylorsville, who is 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 secure bond.

Pending charges include: School Attendance Law Violation (three counts) and Driving while License Revoked (Wilkes County). Blackwelder’s prior convictions: Driving while License Revoked, Littering, and No Operators License.


  1. Vickey Henderson on September 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    I hope they both serve a life sentence for the damage done to this little girl. I would be happy to be on the jury in both cases. The both need to be locked up for life or worse.

  2. R Johnson on September 20, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    So you want us to support these skum bags for the rest of there life?

    • Vickey Henderson on September 21, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      This child does not need this kind of abuse in her life. Believe me, you are supporting many just like them and worse. They can give them the (or worse) they do not need to be in society abusing children. He needs the death penalty but I doubt that happens. Sadly enough we don’t know all that has happened to this child yet. She is just a baby. Her mother is supposed to be taking care of her not exposing her to people like him. Obviously she is like him. I feel for all of her children. Nothing but a mess. The children don’t need these kind of adults being their parent. The children have to be protected from this abuse.

    • Yes, this is how a functional society works. You really think you weren't supporting them already? on August 22, 2020 at 8:09 pm

      Yes, this is how a functional society works. Do you think you weren’t supporting them already?

  3. Daniel on October 15, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Praying for all involved Jesus needs to be the center of it all for the adults and kids .

    • Vickey Henderson on November 9, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      The adults involved need to be in prison for life and the child needs to be adopted by a family and will love her and appreciate her.

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